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The Partridge Family

December 5, 2010 | 1970, Commentary

September of 1970. I had just turned 12 and the new television season was beginning. With it the Partridge Family debuted on Friday September 25th.

The show, based loosely on the family group the Cowsills, was to show the adventures of a family who came together to be pop stars. Shirley Jones was the Mom of the group and the songs that were to be used were developed and recorded by a group of studio and session musicians.

It wasn’t until after the cast was finalized and filming began that it was discovered that David Cassidy was a musician as well as an actor. The first couple of episodes featured songs recorded by the studio group and not with Cassidy singing lead. But it wasn’t long before that changed.

The only cast members of the television show to actually participate in the recordings of the songs on the show were David Cassidy and Shirley Jones. Studio musicians such as Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborne, Louie Shelton, Tommy Tedesco, and others was the ones behind the music.

When I Think I Love You, the first single release, reached Number 1 on the Billboard Charts they became the third third fictional artist to have a #1 hit. The first was The Chipmunks with The Archies reaching number 1 with Sugar Sugar in 1969.

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