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On this day in music history: September 25, 1970 – “The Partridge Family” television series premieres on the ABC television network. The series about a fictional family band led by a widowed mother with five children is created by Bernard Slade and produced by Paul Junger Witt (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest), Dale McRaven (Mork & Mindy), Mel Swope, and Larry Rosen through Columbia Pictures Screen Gems division. The show is loosely based on the real family band The Cowsills, who are at the peak of their popularity while the series is being developed. They are initially offered the series, but turn it down when executive producer Bob Clavier makes it known that he wants to replace their real mother Barbara Cowsill with actress Shirley Jones. After the band passes on doing the show, casting begins in mid 1969. Actors David Cassidy (Jones’ real life stepson), Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks (replaced in season two by Brian Forster), and Suzanne Crough are cast as the members of the family, and actor/comedian Dave Madden as their manager Rueben Kincaid. Record producer Wes Farrell is hired to supervise the music for the series, using members of the famed L.A. studio collective The Wrecking Crew as well as vocalists Tom and John Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward to perform the songs the actors lip synch to. Only after the producers discover that David Cassidy is actually a musician and can sing, that he becomes the real lead singer of the group. Shirley Jones also sing background vocals on the records. The series is an immediate hit, running ninety six episodes over four seasons, and releasing nine albums before being canceled on March 23, 1974. The Partridge Family is also be spun off into its own animated cartoon series “Partridge Family 2200 A.D.” produced by Hanna Barbera. The original series runs in syndication for many years before being released on DVD in the mid 2000’s.

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On this day in music history: November 21, 1970 – “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Tony Romeo, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the fictional family band fronted by singer and actor David Cassidy. The television sitcom “The Partridge Family” is originally conceived and developed as a vehicle for the real life family band The Cowsills. The group end up passing on the series when the producers make it known that they want to replace their mother Barbara Cowsill with actress Shirley Jones. The producers also cast Jones’ stepson Cassidy in the role of eldest son Keith Partridge. Producer Wes Ferrell (the series music supervisor) finds the song “I Think I Love You” from songwriter Tony Romeo (a staff writer at Ferrell’s publishing company) who had previously written the hit “Indian Lake” for The Cowsills. Initially, Ferrell intends to use only professional studio singers on the records, but changes his mind when he discovers that Cassidy can sing. Recorded at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood in the Spring of 1970, “Love You” features members of the famed studio collective The Wrecking Crew including Hal Blaine (drums), Joe Osborn (bass), Larry Knechtel, Mike Melvoin (keyboards), Louie Shelton, and Tommy Tesdesco (guitars) playing on the track. Cassidy sings lead vocals with Jones on background vocals (with John and Tom Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward). Released in late August of 1970, prior to the shows’ network debut, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #75 on October 10, 1970, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. “I Think I Love You” is the biggest selling single of 1970, selling over three million copies in the US alone. The song also forms the basis of rap duo Nice & Smooth’s hit single “Hip Hop Junkies” in 1991. “I Love You” is also prominently featured in the comedy “Trainwreck” in 2015, when actress and comedian Amy Schumer performs it at the films’ end. “I Think I Love You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 25, 1970 – “The Partridge Family” television series premieres on the ABC television network. The series about a fictional family band led by a widowed mother with five children is created by Bernard Slade and produced by Paul Junger Witt (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest), Dale McRaven (Mork & Mindy), Mel Swope, and Larry Rosen through Columbia Pictures Screen Gems division. The show is loosely based on the real family band The Cowsills, who are at the peak of their popularity while the series is being developed. They are initially offered the series, but turn it down when executive producer Bob Clavier makes it known that he wants to replace their real mother Barbara Cowsill with actress Shirley Jones. After the band passes on doing the show, casting begins in mid 1969. Actors David Cassidy (Jones’ real life stepson), Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks (replaced in season two by Brian Forster), and Suzanne Crough are cast as the members of the family, and actor/comedian Dave Madden as their manager Rueben Kincaid. Record producer Wes Farrell is hired to supervise the music for the series, using members of the famed L.A. studio collective The Wrecking Crew as well as vocalists Tom and John Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward to perform the songs the actors lip synch to. Only after the producers discover that David Cassidy is actually a musician and can sing, that he becomes the real lead singer of the group. Shirley Jones also sing background vocals on the records. The series is an immediate hit, running ninety six episodes over four seasons, and releasing nine albums before being canceled on March 23, 1974. The Partridge Family is also be spun off into its own animated cartoon series “Partridge Family 2200 A.D.” produced by Hanna Barbera. The original series runs in syndication for many years before being released on DVD in the mid 2000’s.

David Cassidy (1971)

On this day in music history: November 21, 1970 – “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Tony Romeo, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the fictional family band fronted by singer and actor David Cassidy. The television sitcom “The Partridge Family” is originally conceived and developed as a vehicle for the real life family band The Cowsills. The group end up passing on the series when the producers make it known that they want to replace their mother Barbara Cowsill with actress Shirley Jones. The producers also cast Jones’ stepson Cassidy in the role of eldest son Keith Partridge. Producer Wes Ferrell (the series music supervisor) finds the song “I Think I Love You” from songwriter Tony Romeo (a staff writer at Ferrell’s publishing company) who had previously written the hit “Indian Lake” for The Cowsills. Initially, Ferrell intends to use only professional studio singers on the records, but changes his mind when he discovers that Cassidy can sing. Recorded at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood in the Spring of 1970, “Love You” features members of the famed studio collective The Wrecking Crew including Hal Blaine (drums), Joe Osborn (bass), Larry Knechtel, Mike Melvoin (keyboards), Louie Shelton, and Tommy Tesdesco (guitars) playing on the track. Cassidy sings lead vocals with Jones on background vocals (with John and Tom Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward). Released in late August of 1970, prior to the shows’ network debut, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #75 on October 10, 1970, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. “I Think I Love You” is the biggest selling single of 1970, selling over three million copies in the US alone. The song also forms the basis of rap duo Nice & Smooth’s hit single “Hip Hop Junkies” in 1991. “I Love You” is also prominently featured in the comedy “Trainwreck” in 2015, when actress and comedian Amy Schumer performs it at the films’ end. “I Think I Love You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.