David Cassidy

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David Bruce Cassidy
April 12, 1950
New York City, NY

David Cassidy was a singer, songwriter, actor and guitarist best known for his role as Keith Partridge on the 1970's musical sitcom "The Partridge Family". This role led to David becoming the biggest pop idol of the 1970's and possibly of all time. 

Cassidy was born at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City, the son of singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. As his parents were frequently touring on the road, he spent his early years being raised by his maternal grandparents in a middle-class neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey. His parents eventuall divorced. 

In 1956, Cassidy's father married singer and actress Shirley Jones. They had three children: David's half-brothers, Shaun (b. 1958), Patrick (b. 1962), and Ryan (b. 1966).

 In 1969, David moved to Los Angeles. After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Cassidy was featured in episodes of the television series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12, Medical Center and Bonanza.
In 1970, Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge on the musical television show The Partridge Family. After demonstrating his singing talent, Cassidy was allowed to join the studio ensemble as the lead singer. David did not know that his real life stepmother Shirley Jones was hired to play his mother on the show, Shirley Partridge. 

The TV show ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup. It still airs to this day in syndication. It was a very well written show with Reuben and Danny playing off each other with incredible timing while David played Keith as the loveable loser. 

The Partridge Family's biggest hit came in 1970 with the song "I Think I Love You",  which peaked at Number 1. It sold over five million copies, outselling the Beatles' "Let It Be", and was awarded a gold disc. The song's companion LP, The Partridge Family Album, reached Number 4. It was also awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in December 1970, having sold over 500,000 copies. A string of hit Partridge singles followed: "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted", "I'll Meet You Halfway", "I Woke Up In Love This Morning", "It's One of Those Nights (Yes Love)", "Am I Losing You", "Looking Through the Eyes of Love", "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", and "A Friend and a Lover". These singles were showcased on million-selling albums including Up To Date, Sound Magazine, Shopping Bag, Notebook, Crossword Puzzle, and Bulletin Board. Their holiday album A Partridge Family Christmas Card was the No. 1 selling Christmas record of 1971. In all, The Partridge Family released 89 songs on 9 albums between 1970 and 1973.

During this time David embarked on a successful solo career. Cassidy released 7 albums and numerous singles in the 1970's. David would spend all week filming the Partridge Family and then flying all over the world to perform concerts. Flying back home exhausted on Monday to film all over again. 

David was the biggest star in the world during the 1970's. A teen sensation. Girls lost their mind and were completely in love with him. David had mixed feelings about being a pop idol as he always wanted to be a legitimate rock star. 

David struck up a friendship with John Lennon and they became close friends. They could relate to each other as they both lived through the mania surrounding their fame. 

David later acted on Broadway, "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Blood Brothers". Cassidy starred in the TV show "Man Undercover", which was a precursor to "21 Jump Street". Thus David is responsible for Johnny Depp's career. 

Tragically David passed away On November 18, 2017 at the age of 67.

We take this time to Remember David Cassidy on his Birthday!  Thank You for the music, and entertainment David! You are missed!

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