Rick Springfield's role on the top-rated 'General Hospital' helped him reach No. 1 in 1981.

On Aug. 1, 1981, Rick Springfield jumped to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to his role on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. The Australian singer-actor had appeared on the Hot 100 previously (going as high as No. 14 with his first entry, 1972's "Speak to the Sky"), but his TV exposure brought the 31-year-old a new level of fame.

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