Thanks in part to the smash-hit single "Jessie's Girl
," the album Working Class Dog
was Springfield's break-out success - despite being the fifth studio album he'd released, after nearly a decade recording. He did have four singles prior to this which charted, however: "Speak to the Sky" (#14), "What Would the Children Think" (#70), "American Girls" (#98), and "Take a Hand" (#41). The album art depicts a Bull Terrier dressed in working-class attire and sitting at a desk. That's actually Springfield's own pet dog, named Ronnie, who passed away in 1994. This photo garnered the album a 1981 Grammy nomination for "Best Album Package." Working Class Dog
was re-released on CD in 2006 as a "25th anniversary edition" with three bonus tracks.