Rick Springfield reveals that 'Jessie's Girl' was actually meant to be 'Gary's Girl'

music news 27/09/2019

Is it just us or does "I wish that I had Gary's girl" not quite have the same ring to it?

Jessie's Girl singer Rick Springfield has revealed that his well-known was originally going to sound a little bit different.

Speaking in a new episode of TV series Mixtape, Springfield said the 1981 song, which appeared on his hit album Working Class Dog, was inspired by a real-life experience of being interested in a woman who didn’t want to know him.

“I started going to this stained-glass place in Pasadena,” Springfield said. “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.”

Springfield recalled that he "tried ‘Gary’s Girl,’ but it didn’t ring.

"I actually had this original lyric sheet and I 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.’ So this name Jessie popped up in my head. I loved it. I went full tilt on the writing and recording thing.”