Do you remember this? 1981
Jessie’s Girls, a song written and performed by Australian singer Rick Springfield. It was released on the album Working Class Dog. The song is about unrequited love, and centers on a young man in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.
Upon its release in the United States in 1981, the song was slow to break out. It debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on 28 March but took 19 weeks to hit No. 1 reaching that position on 1 August, one of the slowest climbs to number one at that time. It remained at No. 1 for two weeks and would be Springfield’s only No. 1 hit. The song was at No. 1 when MTV launched on 1 August 1981. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for all of 1981.
The song also peaked at No. 1 in Springfield’s native Australia and later won Springfield a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
The song was released in the United Kingdom in March 1984 and peaked at number 43 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1984.
Springfield recorded an acoustic version of the song for his 1999 album, Karma.
18th studio album ‘Rocket Science’ available now
Rick Springfield’s latest musical effort is Rocket Science, his 18th studio album released through Frontiers Music, is available now! Written largely with his longtime collaborator and former bass player Matt Bissonette, the album delivers the expertly crafted wide-ranging pop-rock songs Springfield is known for. “I wanted the album to be very open and electric — rock and roll with some country elements, and always with great hooks,” he says. The lyrics largely address matters of the heart with the irreverence, wit, and dark humor that has always permeated his work. “The songs usually start with titles for me,” Springfield says. “A title will catch my eye and inspire a lyric. Both Matt and I are happily married, but there’s some heartache on this one. You can’t just write about how everything is all good and bore people out of their minds. When different emotions come up, I just go with that. I don’t set out to write about anything in particular. I just look for something that feels true and that I can hopefully say in an interesting way.”
Courtesy of RickSpringfield.com