It was while he was taking a stained glass course in 1974 that a young Rick Springfield met a couple that was taking the same class. It was a casual and brief relationship but Springfield remembered the guys name was Gary and. although her name escaped him, he recalled how much he was attracted to the girlfriend.
Fueled by sexual frustration, angst and jealousy towards Gary for being so lucky Springfield began to write a song about. When he decided Gary didn’t sound quite right in the song, it got switched to Jessie …in 1981 the song went to #1.