‘The Partridge Family’: David Cassidy Addressed ‘Controversy’ of Singing Credits on Show’s Albums

by Will Shepard
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The Partridge Family was a great show in the early 1970s that is still beloved by TV audiences in 2021. Even though it ran for only four seasons, there are some memorable episodes from its time. One thing that stands out about the show is the singing during every episode.

During a 2012 interview, David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show, talked about his experiences with The Partridge Family. He offers some unique insights into some of the singing on the show.

In particular, David Cassidy explains how The Partridge Family’s songs were put onto a record. For context purposes, the show came two years after The Monkees came off air. The same company, Screen Gems, made both of the shows. During The Monkees heyday, they released a bunch of albums.

But, there were a lot of issues with the albums for The Monkees being credited properly. So, when The Partridge Family took their musical talents to the studio, several things ended up being different. The main issue for David Cassidy was how the singers were credited on the album.

“The Partridge Family” Album Was Not Produced to David Cassidy’s Liking

Don Kirshner, the music supervisor for the album, decided to list the musicians on the record’s back sleeve. Presumably, this was done as a way to avoid stating who sang on each of the songs. But, David Cassidy took issue with this and says as much in the interview.

“Yeah, they listed everybody. The musicians, even the background singers. I sang lead on all but two of the twelve songs on the first album, and they left them with the background singers [the vocal group The Love Generation]. I think they were trying to spin them off into something else.”

He also notes that he was at the tracking sessions day in and day out. David Cassidy was working exceptionally hard to make The Partridge Family album the best it could be.

“Hal Blaine, Louie Shelton, Mike Melvoin, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborne, Tommy Tedesco, all the guys, and my band for years, were the wrecking crew. I’d work all day on the set and then drive over the hill just to watch them work. We’d do three songs a night.”

So, for David Cassidy on The Partridge Family album, he was clearly annoyed by the way credit was given. Putting in hours and hours of work to be credited to the same level as less-focal performers was clearly something he wasn’t a fan of.

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