Rick was into Jessica long before he coveted "Jessie's Girl," who may have, herself, been named Jessica! Plus, other artists have recorded paeans to their respective, fave Jessicas!
I had no idea that Springfield had that long of a career before his 80’s breakout. I’m going to have to check out his back catalog.
I listened to the Elliot Minor song. So, maybe it’s just my grumpy Gen-X ear, but why does almost everything released this century sound the same to me? If you told me this song was recorded by Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, or Falllout Boy, I would have believed you.
I'm gonna have to listen to most of these for the first time, but not all! I remember the Coheed and Cambria' "Jessie's Girl 2" when it came out and thought it was exactly what "cover" versions should be like. Also, I'm a big fan of the band and Claudio is a great lead singer. He doesn't show his full range in C&C, but he's done Rush covers, and has sung with other bands that show the dynamics of his pipes.
And like some others here, I did not know that Rick Springfield had so many albums prior to his early 80s heyday. You are treasure trove, the equivalent of a clown car, a veritable bottomless pit. I'll stop now.
Actually I won't. I was surprised that you didn't choose the Regina Spektor "Jessica" song, not just to get a female artist in the list, but because it's a great song.
For my money the Allman’s “Jessica” is the top tier Jessica song
Well this made my morning!