Lethal Ron

Yesterday we noticed for the first time that it’s the same dog on Rick Springfield’s breakthrough hit albums Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled me Yet.
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He was Rick Springfield’s bull terrier/great Dane mix. His name was Lethal Ron, which Springfield explains in his memoir Late, Late at Night was a name the adopted stray earned because of his “staggeringly bad gas.”

In a recent interview Springfield explains that two days after Ronnie died, he found a baby hawk in his fireplace and believed it was Ronnie’s spirit, so he got a hawk tattoo.

Believe it or not, RCA didn’t want the picture of Ronnie on the cover, and Springfield had to fight for the image which is not considered a classic cover from the 80s.


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