Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. The next group on my list is The Partridge Family, which placed three songs in the Top Ten and spent a total of eighteen weeks there.
The Partridge Family on TV included Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, and Jeremy Gelbwax (who was replaced by Brian Forster after the first season) in addition to Shirley Jones and her stepson, David Cassidy. On the records, it was just Shirley and David in the studio with session musicians (I would guess one or more members of the Wrecking Crew accompanied them).
By far, the band’s most-popular record was “I Think I Love You,” which entered the Top Ten in November 1970 and spent eleven weeks there, peaking at #1 and selling about five million records.
Their followup record was “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted,” which reached the Top Ten in March 1971 and spent six weeks there, reaching #6. A side note: this was the record that was playing on WOWO-AM in Fort Wayne, Indiana the day someone sent the wrong message across the Emergency Broadcast System and put the nation on high alert (listen here).
The Partridge Family was very popular among the “tween” set during the early Seventies, which didn’t sit well with David Cassidy, who felt stifled by his teen idol status. He appeared naked on the cover of Rolling Stone in an effort to shake his squeaky-clean image. The show lasted four years on television, and the Partridges released 9 albums in that pertiod of time. Recently, David announced he was in the early stages of dementia.
The Partridge Family, your Two for Tuesday, July 11, 2017.