After emerging from the 1970s as a pop heartthrob, Rick Springfield hoped that 1981's Working Class Dog -- his first album in five years -- would convince critics that he had grown into a serious artist.

"I thought, 'OK, I wrote and played all these songs and produced most of the album, so they can't see me as a teen idol any frigging longer," he remembers now. "But they did." At least with "Jessie's Girl," he was a teen idol with a No. 1 hit.

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