Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1949: Rick Springfield is born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Sydney, Australia. Splitting his career between Australia and the U.S., he is a songwriter, musician and actor. As a musician he is most famous for the 1981 #1 single Jessie’s Girl, which becomes a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helps establish the emerging music video age. Also an actor, Springfield’s best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital.
1970: Lou Reed quits The Velvet Underground.