Jessie's Girl Was Almost Randy's Girl...or Gary's Girl

Rick Springfield was featured in an episode of AXS TV’s “Mixtape”and during the episode he discusses the origins of his hit “Jessie’s Girl,” which almost had a completely different name.

“I started going to this stained-glass place in Pasadena,” he shares. “And the reason I kept going was because there was this girl there that was burning 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.”

So Springfield first attempted to write “Gary’s Girl,” but didn’t like how it sounded so he changed it to “Randy’s Girl.”"I’d actually started writing ‘Randy is a friend,’ and halfway through that line I thought, ‘You know what? No,’” he offers. “So this name Jessie popped up in my head. I loved it. I went full tilt on the writing and recording thing.”

 
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