Last Friday we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the debut of The Partridge Family on ABC.
The program created overnight teen idol status to actor / singer David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the series. (David's real-life step-mom, Shirley Jones, portrayed his mother on the show!)
We found that we weren't the only ones celebrating this milestone ...
In fact, Ultimate Classic Rock ran a feature as well.
(Ultimate Classic Rock?!?!? And The Partridge Family?!?!?)
And it was quite good!
The idea and inspiration for the program came from the success of the real-life musical family, The Cowsills who, between 1967 and 1969 scored four Top 20 Hits, including two #1's! ("The Rain, The Park And Other Things," #1, 1967; "We Can Fly," #17, 1968; "Indian Lake," #6, 1968 and "Hair," #1, 1969.)
In fact, in the truth is stranger than fiction department, The Cowsills actually did a screen test to essentially play themselves on TV ...
But producers "didn't find them believable" as a family (!!!), so actors were brought in instead! (Studio musicians, most often The Wrecking Crew, provided the music for the series ... and only David's and Shirley's voices were used on the records ... everything else was performed by "hired hands!")
The Partridge Family ran up a quick string of hits, too ... "I Think I Love You," #1, 1970; "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted," #1, 1971; "I'll Meet You Halfway," #2, 1971; "I Woke Up In Love This Morning," #9, 1971 and "It's One Of Those Nights (Yes Love)," #13, 1972. (In addition, David Cassidy scored three Top 20 solo hits during this time, too ... "Cherish," #3, 1971; "Could It Be Forever," #15, 1972 and "How Can I Be Sure," #15, 1972.)
When Tom Cuddy, a bigwig with the ABC Broadcasting Network saw our piece, he was inspired to share a couple of VERY special memories with our readers. (Man, I just LOVE stuff like this!!!)
I'll turn things over to Tom ...
at Boston’s Symphony Hall: David
Cassidy, Bruce Hornsby,
Tom Cuddy and ABC Radio Networks executives
And, finally, from FH Reader Ken Voss, who helps maintain The Illinois Rock And Roll Website, we got THIS tying in to both our Partridge Family piece ... and our on-going Favorite Television Theme Songs Poll ...
FYI, Susan Dey is from Illinois ... so I have to vote for that one!
"C'mon, Get Happy," the theme song from The Partridge Family, currently has 27 votes as we go to press this morning! I've got a hunch it'll earn a whole lot more! (kk)
A DAVID CASSIDY BONUS!!!
Here's a piece that first ran in Forgotten Hits back in 2004!!! (This was before we even had a website ... and everything was being done thru emails!)
We ran a very special TEEN IDOLS WEEK ... and asked the ladies on our list to share memories of their early crushes with these heartthrobs.
This is the piece that ran on DAVID CASSIDY way back when ...
We asked some of the women on the list to describe some of the memories surrounding their earliest teenage crushes. Let's face it, many of you were ten years old (or even younger!) when you plastered DAVID's or DONNY's or LEIF's or ANDY's posters on your bedroom walls ... yet there was something about them that turned you on ... musically and physically. I'm not really sure that you could have even understood the physical part of the reaction at such an early age ... most girls on the list said that they simply wanted to MARRY their heart-throb ... it wasn't really a sexual urge as much as a need to feel that he belonged to only you. (LOL)
Today's feature was written by FH list member JACK'S TROPHY WIFE (Laura), who not only made it through the '70's TEEN IDOL craze and lived to tell about it but also buys, sells, trades and collects old 16 MAGAZINES ... and all OTHER types of rock-related magazines ... with her hubby, JACKJ13. Thanks for the inspiration ... we hope you'll enjoy some of the other comments as well!
David Cassidy, Rock Me Baby, circa October 1972.
---Jack's Trophy Wife / Laura
(And all this time you thought it was
DONNY who had the PUPPY LOVE!!!)
CASSIDY continues to wow them live in concert ... in fact, he finally c'mon and got happy a few years ago and now performs most of his solo and PARTRIDGE FAMILY hits in their original arrangements. A live concert DVD and Greatest Hits CD have both been released in the past year ... pretty amazing since DAVID spent nearly two decades denouncing the whole KEITH PARTRIDGE connection. (His infamous ROLLING STONE "Naked Lunchbox" cover pretty much told all his female fans, 13 and under, that he really was a "Rocker" and was having sex with any willing "of age" follower! He goes into much greater and graphic detail in his autobiography, C'MON, GET HAPPY ... listing many of his sexcapades)
We've also added one of his prettier solo ballads as well ... COULD IT BE FOREVER went to #15 in Cash Box the same year ... and was a #5 smash here in Chicago.