I was a bit surprised at how I was affected by the recent news of David Cassidy’s failing health and then the news of his death. Like many people, it had been decades since I had really followed his career. But his voice and music were a big part of the reason I came to love music.
As a kid, one of my favorite television shows was The Partridge Family, which ran from September 1970 to March 1974. Each episode featured pop music, that even if not actually featuring the whole “family,” did feature David Cassidy and Shirley Jones.
Their hit “I Think I Love You” became one of my favorite songs after I bought the 45 rpm single. Yeah, it was pop music and even David Cassidy would for a time try to distance himself from the music of The Partridge Family. But it was a wonderful introduction to popular music for this kid.
I remember him on the teen magazines and the girls who liked him for his looks as well as his voice. But at that time, I had yet to discover the younger version of Elvis or to delve into Dylan or discover Springsteen. David Cassidy was my first rock star.
Whenever I hear music from Cassidy it always makes me smile to this day. And what’s not to love about that? Rest in peace.
What is your favorite memory of David Cassidy? Leave your two cents in the comments.
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