‘The Partridge Family’: Johnny Cash Once Made an Uncredited Appearance on the Show

by Madison Miller

“The Partridge Family” was a popular musical sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1974. It starred Shirley Jones and also features David Cassidy.

The show centers itself around a widowed mother and her five children. One of which is pursuing a career in music. It is loosely based on the Cowsills, a band from the ’60s and ’70s.

‘The Partridge Family’ Guests

The show featured music from Cassidy and Jones and due to its unique premise, it was incredibly popular. The show received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1971. It was also nominated for a Best TV Show award by the Golden Globes two years in a row.

While the musical Partridge family captured people’s attention, there were also other celebrities that appeared throughout the show’s time.

According to Biography. com, there were a lot of familiar faces. For example, Michael Ontkean, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Mark Hamill, Tony Geary, Charlotte Rae, and Nancy Walker all made appearances on the show. One of the most notable was also Johnny Cash who made an uncredited appearance on the show.

He was very briefly on the show. It was a cameo of sorts where he introduced the Partridge family as they took the stage in front of an audience.

Other stars also included Jodie Foster, before she would star in movies like “Taxi Driver.” Farrah Fawcett had an appearance as did other Charlie’s Angels, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd.

Cassidy even had an intense relationship with one of the guests, Meredith Baxter. She was the mother of the show “Family Ties.” Sadly, Cassidy was left heartbroken after she fell in love with her co-star David Birney on “Bridget Loves Bernie.”

Johnny Cash TV

This wasn’t Cash’s only trip onto the screen. He even had his own show called “The Johnny Cash Show.” It was a music variety show that ran from 1969 to 1971 and it was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

His show gave him the opportunity to deliver his famous line, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” He had a number of guests on the show like The Statler Brothers, The Tennessee Three, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, James Taylor, Louis Armstrong, and Tammy Wynette.

The show came to be after his live prison albums, “At Folsom Prison” and “At San Quentin.”

The show was a diverse example of all kinds of talent. A number of comedic skits also appeared in the show. From Bob Dylan to The Monkees to Louis Armstrong, you would never know who to expect next.