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An Unforgettable Teen Idol

Updated on September 18, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I live in the suburbs of Riga, Latvia. I have a wonderful cat named Sid.

David Cassidy did what most American teen boys would like to do. He became a teen idol and had thousands of teenage girls madly in love with him. However becoming a teen idol is a big responsibility because you can get so caught up in all of the madness that you lose sense of who you really are. Another thing that makes teen idols vulnerable is that all of their popularity can disappear as quickly as it began. David Cassidy had his day in the sun but as all teenage boys do he grew up and even though he tried to stay popular and talented he never achieved the stardom of other rockers such as Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen. That is a hard thing to accept and David Cassidy took it so hard that he turned to alcoholism.

The Partridge Family

Cassidy gained popularity and became a teen idol when he got the part of Keith Partridge in the TV show The Partridge Family. The show was about a not-so-typical American family consisting of a divorced mother with a teenage son and daughter and two smaller children. She and her children start playing pop music and become a popular singing band travelling in a bus to concerts. You have to admit that this is not what happens to most families. Soon it was obvious that fans would not accept this as only a TV show and The Partridge Family became a popular pop music group, Cassidy rose to stardom as a teen idol and the group even recorded and released record albums.

Singing Solo

David Cassidy was quick to grab onto the golden ring of popularity and as soon as The Partridge Family scored big with their first hit “I Think I Love You” Cassidy also released his first solo album Cherish with the title song becoming a bit hit for him. The Partridge Family albums sold more than a million copies each in the U.S. and all over the globe. David Cassidy stood out from the rest and when his solo career took off he also started touring.

The Partridge Family Albums

Released in 1970 their very first album was titled The Partridge Family Album and included their popular hit “I Think I Love You” Other popular songs on the album were “I Really Want to Know You” and “To Be Lovers”.

The next album was Up to Date released in February 1971 and included two hits “I’ll Meet You Halfway” and “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted”.

Their third album Sound Magazine was released in August 1971. The song which became a hit from the album was “I Woke Up in Love This Morning”. Two other songs worth listening to were “Brown Eyes” and “Summer Days”.

In 1971 The Partridge Family also released a Christmas album with songs like “White Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”.

This was followed by the album Shopping Bag. Songs on the album included “Girl You Make My Day”, “Every Song Is You” and “It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)”.

In 1972 they came out with a greatest hits album titled At Home With Their Greatest Hits.

This was followed by the album The Partridge Family Notebook in 1972. Songs on this album included “Walking in the Rain” and “Looking Through the Eyes of Love”.

In 1973 they released Bulletin Board with songs like “Oh No Not My Baby” and “How Long is Too Long”.

Their second to last album was Crossword Puzzle which did not have any hit singles. It included songs like “One Day At a Time” and “It’s a Long Way to Heaven”.

In 2000 David Cassidy and The Partridge Family: The Definitive Collection was released.

David Cassidy Albums

His first solo album came out in 1972 titled Cherish. The album featured the title song and song like “My First Night Alone Without You” and “Where Is the Morning”.

The next album Rock Me Baby included the title song and other songs such as “Some Kind Of Summer” and “Go Now”.

Next up was Dreams Are Nuthin’ More Than Wishes with songs popular songs like “Daydream” and “Fever”.

In 1974 Cassidy released a live album recorded in the U.K. which included covers of songs by other artists such as one Lennon/McCartney song “Please, Please Me”.

In 1975 he came out with The Higher They Climb. Song on the album included “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and “Darlin’”.

In 1976 was “Home Is Where the Heart Is” including songs such as “On Fire” and “A Fool in Love”.

Another album released in 1976 was Gettin’ It in the Streets” and this was released in Germany and Japan. It included songs like the title song and “I Never Saw You Coming”.

The album Romance was released in Europe, Israel, Japan, South Africa and Australia in 1985. The songs on the album included “The Last Kiss” and “Remember Me”.

A greatest hits album was released in 1985 followed by David Cassidy in 1990 with songs such as “You Remember Me” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.

In 1992 came Didn’t You Use to Be” with songs like “Raindrops” and “Someone to Love”.

In 1998 it was Old Trick New Dog with some songs from The Partridge Family redone like “I Think I love You”” and new songs like “You Were the One”.

David Cassidy is a talented musician and even though he has had problems with alcoholism he is still into music and doing the best he can. I will tell you that it is unfortunate that teen idols cannot always step out of their teen shoes and become great and famous rockers but such is life and we all must do the very best we can.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      There were a great many teen talents and yes, it is so sad when they die young MizBejabbers

      It was fun in the young days Missy Smith. I don't blame Bill for liking the mom. Shirley Jones had a lot of class and she was lovely.

      Glad you enjoyed this Jodah. I think David Cassidy still has it in him to do some more great singing but who knows if he'll straighten out his life.

      Yes, mactavers that is the fate of a lot of teen stars. Of course the ones who break out from the teen years and become legends are the really lucky ones.

      I got every record I could get my hands on Shauna. He was my girlfriends and my teen idol. Now when I want to get a sappy smile on my face and remember I put The Partridge Family on YouTube.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I was a huge fan of The Partridge Family show when I was kid and had a major crush on David Cassidy. He was so good looking he was pretty!

      Judging by the photo of him above, age wasn't his friend. Then again, I see the toll age is taking on me as well, so who am I to call the kettle black?

      It always amazed me that Shirley Jones took a back seat when performing with the Partridges (singing background). She was known for her voice and was known for her stage work at the time. Now that I think about it, I think it was her way of letting the kids shine, specifically David Cassidy.

      I never did buy his records. I liked looking at him more than I enjoyed his music. I guess his looks had me completely distracted. :-)

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Both teen music idols and child movie stars seem to really suffer when their "moment" is past. After they have had everything, they do tend to "act up" for a period and then disappear. I was reading recently that many of them were used and suffered a variety of abuse from those who were supposed to be guiding or looking out for them. Sad

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It is sad Gypsy that many teen idols don't go on to long musical careers. I guess it is like sports stars who only have a limited time in the spotlight. Occasionally there are outstanding musicians who just keep going on or decades but they are the minority. I used to like the Partridge Family and I enjoyed this hub.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I so remember watching this show when I was young. Loved it!!! Bill's comment cracks me up. lol... :)

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      David Cassidy was cute, but Ricky Nelson was the quintessential teen idol, and he died so young and at the peak of his career. My broken heart will never forget him.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Manatita.

      Yes, it was purely a teen thing Bill. David was my teen idol but he could have done so much more if only......

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh God, okay, I admit watching this....but only because I had a crush on the Mom. :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      An interesting one with some decent songs. Perhaps it can be said, Gypsy, that they've come at a time when so much is available out there, and so they have problems, these teens. Just a tiny view really, as I suspect they ran into difficulties even before all this huge marketing, social and internet thing took of. Perhaps the answer is temptation and a search for self-adulation. We are all exposed to this.

      Short but explanatory article, with a good attempt at success by David Cassidy. Does not carry the same energy as most of your others, but it flows well.