Rick Springfield reveals the backstory to his 1981 signature hit, “Jessie’s Girl” tonight on AXS TV’s new music series, Mixtape.
Rick said on the show: “The reason I kept going was because there was this girl there that was burnin’ hot. And she had a boyfriend, his name was Gary, and she didn’t want anything to do with me. So I took my sexual angst home and wrote a song about her. And I tried ‘Gary’s Girl,’ but it didn’t ring — and I actually had the original lyric sheet and I changed it to ‘Randy’s Girl.’ I’d actually started writing ‘Randy is a friend,’ and halfway through that line I thought, ‘Y’know what? that’s. . .’ Mmm, no.”
Mixtape airs on AXS TV Thursdays at 7:30 CT.
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