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Working Class Dog
Studio album by Rick Springfield
Released February 24, 1981
Recorded 1979–1981
Genre Pop rock
Power pop
Label RCA
Producer Bill Drescher & Keith Olsen
Professional reviews
Rick Springfield chronology
Wait for Night
Working Class Dog
Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet

Working Class Dog is an album by Rick Springfield, released by RCA in 1981. The album went multi-platinum, and produced one Grammy award winning and #1 single, "Jessie's Girl".

The album was re-released on CD in 2006 as a "25th anniversary edition" with three bonus tracks.


Track listing

  • All songs written by Rick Springfield except as noted.
  1. "Love Is Alright Tonite" - 3:28
  2. "Jessie's Girl" - 3:14
  3. "Hole in My Heart" - 3:12
  4. "Carry Me Away" - 3:01
  5. "I've Done Everything for You" (Sammy Hagar) - 3:17
  6. "The Light of Love" - 2:43
  7. "Everybody's Girl" - 2:59
  8. "Daddy's Pearl" - 2:37
  9. "Red Hot & Blue Love" - 2:57
  10. "Inside Silvia" - 4:43
  11. "Easy to Cry" - 3:33 *
  12. "Taxi Dancing" - 3:35 *+
  13. "Jessie's Girl (demo version)" - 3:11 *

* Bonus track from the "25th anniversary edition"

+ Later rerecorded as a duet with Randy Crawford for the Hard to Hold soundtrack.

Album cover

The unusual album cover features a picture of a Bull Terrier dog dressed in a white shirt with a black tie. The dog was Rick's pet named Ronnie, who died in 1994. [1] The album cover (credited to Mike Doud) was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Album Package" in 1981.[2]



  • Rick Springfield - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Robben Ford - guitar
  • Neil Giraldo - guitar, bass
  • Gabriel Katon - keyboards
  • Jeff Rich - bass
  • Mike Baird - drums
  • Jack White - drums
  • Jeremiah Cox - french horn, background vocals
  • Tom Kelly - background vocals


  • Produced by Rick Springfield, Bill Drescher and Keith Olsen
  • Engineered by Bill Drescher, Chris Minto and Doug Pakes at Sound City
  • Mastered by Gregory Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders




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