Saturday, February 22, 2014

"I've Done Everything for You" by Rick Springfield

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0722
Date:  08/22/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  8
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After nine years in the music biz, Springsteen finally broke through with his #1 "Jessie's Girl." That song was still in the Top 10 when this second single from his "Working Class Dog" album entered the chart. The momentum of "Jessie's Girl" spilled over into this tune and it got him his second Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  Although not as good as "Jessie's Girl," this was a solid rocker and a great follow-up. I think it helped his credibility a bit as a music artist having this one-two punch as his previous Tiger Beat image and stint on General Hospital called into question whether he was the real deal or not. He still had a lot to prove, but this certainly was a great start.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of a tune by rocker Sammy Hagar. Hagar wrote the song in the late 70s and it became part of his live set. The first recorded instance of the song was its inclusion on Hagar's live album "All Night Long" in 1978. It was issued as a single but failed to chart. He did a studio version of the song a year later and it was used as a B-side for another single. Due to the success of Springfield's version, Hagar included his studio take on a 1982 hits package.


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