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Richard Lewis Springthorpe, 23 August 1949, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The son of an army officer, Springfields musical interests developed while living in England in the early 60s; on his return to Australia he played guitar and piano in the house band of a Melbourne club. At the end of the 60s, Springfield played with the Jordy Boys, Rock House and the MPD Band before joining Zoot. The band had several hits with Springfield compositions and released two albums for Columbia Records (1969s Just Zoot and the following years Zoot Out) before he turned solo with the number 1 single Speak To The Sky. He moved to the USA in 1972 where he was groomed to become a new teenybop idol and a new version of Speak To The Sky was a Top 20 US hit.
After a contractual dispute kept him inactive for two years, Springfield joined Wes Farrells Chelsea label where Elton Johns rhythm section Dee Murray...