Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, pop singer, musician and actor. < Image with unknown copyright status removed: frame|right|Rick Springfield --> Rick Springfield started playing piano at age 9. He began playing the guitar at age 13, and writing songs at 14. In 1967, at age 16, Springfield dropped out of high school to begin his professional music career. His first appearance in a band was as a singer/guitarist in the band Rock House. In 1968, the band changed the name to MPD, Ltd, then embarked on a tour of Vietnam to entertain the troops stationed there.
In 1969, when Springfield returned to Australia, he joined a band named Wikety-Wak. Later that year, he joined the band Zoot. Zoot became one of the most popular Australian groups of the late Sixties. Another notable member of Zoot was Beeb Birtles, who, in 1975 went on to form the Little River Band. In May 1971, when Zoot broke up, Springfield began a solo career. He had a #1 hit single in Australia, "Speak to the Sky."