One of the great things about popular music is that a guy like Rick Springfield, someone who is hardly a threat to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, can come up with a single that can stand beside just about any other great single of the rock era.
Young actors recording pop songs is a tradition that goes back forever, or at least as far as Ricky Nelson. But for every young good looking actor with genuine musical talent like Nelson, you've got David Soul and John Travolta to remind us that, if God had meant them to sing, he/she wouldn't have given them the ability to act. I'd throw Bobby Sherman in there for good measure, but I'm not sure he could act either.
Springfield was no Ricky Nelson, but he does have genuine chops, as evidenced by the fact that he is still hitting the circuit and drawing a good number of fans. And he did come up with "Jessie's Girl," which is just a great, great song, pure and simple. Sounded good then, sounds good today, and will probably sound good 30 years from now.
"Jessie's Girl," Rick Springfield, from the summer of 1981.