’80s rocker Rick Springfield — the guy who sang “Jessie’s Girl” — was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Los Angeles last night.
According to law enforcement, the 61-year-old singer was pulled over by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. around 8:00 PM for a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed the smell of booze and asked Springfield to perform several field sobriety tests.
We’re told Springfield performed poorly on the sobriety tests — and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Law enforcement sources tell us Rick’s blood alcohol content was measured at .10 and .08. The legal limit in California is .08.
Springfield was taken to a nearby jail — where he was booked and released on his own recognizance.
Question: What were the first names of “The Blues Brothers”?
Last Question: What was the name of Strawberry Shortcake’s only male friend?
Answer: Huckleberry Pie
Huckleberry Pie was the only boy among Strawberry Shortcake’s friends. The inspiration for this character was Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. He had the straw hat and overalls. He lived in a large Huckleberry Pie-shaped cabin.
Huckleberry must have loved the boy-to-girl ratio! He probably didn’t like it when the Purple Pieman tried to invade his turf!
This is did not occur in the ’80s, but this was performed by an ’80s icon – Whitney Houston.
“The Star Spangled Banner” was performed by Houston at Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. The game ended up being historic, with poor Scott Norwood missing the game winning field goal in the end.
This performance of the National Anthem is considered to be one of the best performances of all time.
On a personal note, I missed this game as I was serving in the Persian Gulf, right in the middle of Desert Storm. When I got back home, the cassingle was still out, and I made sure I got it. And I had seen this performance later on.
This is another repost from last 4th of July. On this great day, I present to you, once again, the top 5 patriotic movies of the ’80s:
5. The Right Stuff
This movie, released in 1983, was based on Tom Wolfe’s book on the history of the U.S. Space program. It begins with Chuck Yaeger (Sam Shepard) breaking the sound barrier, and then tells the story of the pioneers of the space program known as the Mercury Seven. This had a great cast including Scott Glenn as Alan B. Shepard, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Dennis Quaid as Gordon Cooper, and Fred Ward as Gus Grissom. The story told about the Space Race between the U.S. and Russia, and showed the courage and strength of the astronauts despite their flaws.
Released in 1989, Glory told the story of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), during the Civil War as he volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers. This is another movie that showed Americans’ resolve and strength. Denzel Washington (fresh off of St. Elsewhere) was incredible in this movie, and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Not too shabby considering he played alongside Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) also starred. This is one of my favorite Civil War movies alongside Gettysburg. The acting is outstanding, and the battle scenes are outstanding.
3. Top Gun
Remember when Tom Cruise could actually draw in an audience? He was at the top of his game when this movie was released in 1986. Tom Cruise played a navy pilot called “Maverick” who gets an opportunity to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School along with his partner “Goose” (ER‘s Anthony Edwards). “Maverick” has a rivalry with Val Kilmer’s “Iceman”, and falls for an instructor Kelly McGillis played called Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood.
Cruise basically plays the same character that he played in The Color of Money, Cocktail, Days of Thunder, and A Few Good Men – the arrogant, cocky jerk who erally has a good heatr, but needs a wake-up call. But this was a fun movie. Especially towards the end, when the pilots need to go into battle for real. And, you can’t go wrong with a Righteous Brothers song (“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”), as well as a couple of great Kenny Loggins songs – “Danger Zone”, and “Playing With the Boys”. I could have done without that volleyball scene, and Val Kilmer’s reaction when Cruise says “That’s right! Ice… man. I am dangerous.”
2. Red Dawn (’84) This 1984 film showed what we never thought could happen, the U.S. gets invaded by Russia. This movie had a great cast including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Jennifer Grey.
It was freaky to see the Russians parachute in a field outside a high school. And then they open fire on a teacher when he goes out to confront them. The main characters escaped, and equipped themselves, then returned and began an armed resistance against the occupation forces—calling themselves “Wolverines” after their high school mascot. They defy the odds, and become a thorn in the Russians side. With their numbers dwindling, the Wolverines decide to escape the area and try to get more help. It seems that brothers Jed (Patrick Swayze) and Matt (Charlie Sheen) sacrifice themselves to get the rest of the gang free. It doesn’t show them being killed, but in the epilogue of the movie, it mentions that the U.S. successfully repelled the invading forces. And it says “… In the early days of World War 3, guerrillas – mostly children – placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.”
1. Rocky IV
It seems kind of silly, but if you think about it, this 1985 movie, had underdog Americans against steroid pumped Russians (There’s no truth to the rumor that Ivan Drago went on to become a Major League Baseball star). It had a patriotic song – “Living in America” by James Brown. Not to mention, it had Rocky himself – who was from Philadelphia, home of Benjamin Franklin, the Liberty Bell, and cheese steaks! The fact that the boxers don’t know how to block punches in the Rocky movies makes them more exciting. And it is funny how Rocky, through his strength and perseverance, eventually gets the Russian fans on his side.
This article was originally posted in preparation for the 4th of July weekend last year. Now that some justice has been served this great day, it seems like a good time to repost the “Top 5 Patriotic Songs from the ’80s”:
5. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
This is one of my favorite John Cougar songs. It feels like he’s just driving across the country and singing about the people he is seeing. The people that make up this great country.
4. Living in America – James Brown
The “Godfather of Soul” performed this song in the movie Rocky IV, and it is on the soundtrack for that movie. You can’t help but see red, white, and blue when you hear this song.
3. America – Neil Diamond
A great patriotic song by Neil Diamond. It was a hit single in 1981, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and appeared in his movie The Jazz Singer. It’s a positive about immigrants coming to this great country.
2. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss released this song in 1984 on the album of the same name. The song was in part a tribute to Springsteen’s friends who had experienced the Vietnam War, some of whom did not come back; it also protests the hardships Vietnam veterans faced upon their return from the war. It doesn’t say much for the government, but it is sympathetic for the Vietnam veteran and the working man.
1. God Bless The U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest patriotic songs of all time – not just the ’80s. The song was written by Greenwood, and appears on 1984’s You’ve Got a Good Love Comin’.
It reached #7 on the Country charts when it was released. It gained popularity during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, and boosted morale.
Then it came into prominence once again after the September 11 attacks, and it was re-released as a single in 2003 after the war in Iraq began. It was released as “God Bless the USA 2003”.
Will this song be re-released once again? It seems like as good a time as any.
An’ I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me, singin’
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Here is yesterday’s…
Radio Ga Ga by Queen
So don’t become some background noise A backdrop for the girls and boys Who just don’t know or just don’t care And just complain when you’re not there You had your time, you had the power You’ve yet to have your finest hour (Radio)
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has checked into rehab, but it will not affect the band’s upcoming North American and European tour.
“Our support for Richie is absolute. He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return,” the band said in a statement. “In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour.”
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The band did not say who would replace Sambora on the tour, which kicks off Saturday in New Orleans and runs through July 31 in Lisbon.
Sambora is being treated at an undisclosed facility. He previously did a stint in rehab in 2007.