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"I think I love you, so what I am so afraid of..."
David Cassidy had the perfect training for a career as a teen idol: a role on the hit TV show The Partridge Family. Although he began his solo work as a side-career to his Partridge duties, it soon became his focus, and the mid-70’s he found major stardom in both the U.S. and the U.K. In the process, he became one of the most beloved teen idols of all time.
Cassidy was literally born into show business: He was the son of famous character actor Jack Cassidy. Young David got the acting bug as a teen and soon appeared on shows like Adam-12, Bonanza and The Mod Squad. He got his big break when he was chosen to play Keith Partridge, the teenage frontman for The Partridge Family. This show, inspired by the real-life Cowsills, focused on a family of pop stars (although Cassidy was the only cast member who sang on their records).
The Partridge Family went to #1 in 1970 with their first release, “I Think I Love You.” This sugary-sweet pop ditty, built around Cassidy’s strong vocals, set the stage for a series of Top-40 hits that continued through 1973. In the meantime, Cassidy became a sensation among teenage girls via posters and fan magazines. The decision was made for Cassidy to do some solo work, and his remake of The Association’s classic “Cherish” was released at the end of 1971. Of course, it soon hit the Top-10.
David Cassidy did double duty in 1972, fronting Partridge hits like “It’s One Of Those Nights (Yes Love)” as well as solo smashes like “How Can I Be Sure?” Cassidy yearned to move into rock and r&b-oriented sounds and tested the waters with the tougher-sounding “Rock Me Baby.” It became a smash in England and Cassidy soon began to concentrate on the British market. He topped the U.K. charts twice in 1973 with “I Am A Clown” and “Daydreamer” and mounted a successful English tour that included four dates at Wembley Stadium.
At the beginning of 1974, David Cassidy hosted the very first American Music Awards with Michael Jackson. The Partridge Family went off the air later that year and freed Cassidy to pursue his solo career full-time. He had more U.K. hits with “If I Didn’t Care” and a cover of the Beatles classic “Please Please Me.” In 1975, he had further chart success abroad with “Get It Up For Love” and a Beach Boys remake, “Darlin.” He was well-regarded by fellow rock musicians, and friends from bands like The Beach Boys and America frequently appeared on his solo albums.
By the end of the 70’s, Cassidy had put his recording career aside to do more acting, appearing on shows like Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. In the 80’s, he began yet another career as a Broadway star in shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He resumed his recording career in England in the mid-80’s and had U.S. chart success in the 1990 with “Lyin’ To Myself.” The next year, he went on a successful U.S. tour with his old co-star Danny Bonaduce as his opening act.
Since the early 90’s, David Cassidy has divided his time between recording and acting on stage as well as in films and television. One of his more interesting recent credits was writing the theme song for The John Larroquette Show in 1994. Cassidy continues to maintain a busy schedule today, proving he has made the transition from teen idol to adult star with grace and style.
Artist Release History1972 - Cherish
1972 - Rock Me Baby
1973 - Dreams Are Nothin' More Than Wishes
1974 - Cassidy Live
1975 - The Higher They Climb the Harder They Fall
1975 - Forever Sounds (compilation)
1976 - Gettin' It in the Street
1976 - Home Is Where the Heart Is
1977 - Greatest Hits
1985 - Romance
1986 - David Cassidy
1992 - Didn't You Used to Be
1996 - The Best of David Cassidy
1996 - When I'm a Rock 'n' Roll Star (compilation)
1998 - Old Trick, New Dog
Pop Sub Categoriespop
Essential Music AlbumsCome On Get Happy: The Definitive Collection – David Cassidy and The Partridge Family (Arista)
When I’m A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star: The David Cassidy Collection (Razor & Tie)