Affair of the Heart
Writer(s): Rick Springfield, Danny Tate, Blaise Tosti (see lyrics here)
First Charted: April 15, 1983
Peak: 9 US, 10 CB, 4 GR, 5 RR, 23 AR, 11 CN, 26 AU, 9 DF (Click for codes to charts.)
Sales (in millions): --
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 2.8 video, -- streaming
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About the Song:
Rick Springfield was born in 1949 in Australia. After being a member of te pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971, he launched a solo career. His 1972 debut Beginnings was a top-20 album in Australia and reached the top 40 in the United States, thanks to the success of “Speak to the Sky,” a #14 hit in the U.S. and #6 in Australia.
He followed it with three more albums that failed to generate any top 40 hits in Australia or the United States. In the late ‘70s, he decided to switch his focus to acting, culminating with his role as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital from 1981 to 1983. Of course, it was at this same time that his music career kicked back into high gear. After a five-year hiatus, he released his fifth album, Working Class Dog. The album produced the single “Jessie’s Girl,” which soared all the way to #1 in Australia and the United States, turning Springfield into a superstar. That album also produced the top-10 hit “I’ve Done Everything for You” and the top-20 hit “Love Is Alright Tonite.”
The follow-up album, Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, was a platinum-selling, top-10 album, like its predecessor. It gave Springfield three more top-40 hits with “Don’t Talk to Strangers” (#2), “What Kind of Fool Am I?” (#21), and “I Get Excited” (#32). Two more platinum, top-20 albums followed – 1983’s Living in Oz and the 1984 soundtrack for Hard to Hold. Each album generated three more top-40 songs, including the top-10 hits “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody.”
“Affair of the Heart” marked what Cash Box described as “a greater use of synthesizers and a hardened guitar sound” WK that earned Springfield a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Like the rest of the album, it showed “an edge and maturity he hadn’t before.” AMG
First posted 1/14/2023.
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