“The Partridge Family” proved they were so good they didn’t even have to be a real band to be nominated for a Grammy.
The Partridge Family was an American musical sitcom about a family who embarks on a music career. The show ran from 1970 to 1974 on the ABC network and starred Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Jones played a widowed mother of five kids with some serious musical talents. And Cassidy played the oldest of the five children.
The show was loosely based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills. However, the themes of the show were very different from what had previously been on television. So, the ratings skyrocketed. And so did The Partridge Family album sales.
Jones and Cassidy were the only two cast members who actually performed on “The Partridge Family” records. Nevertheless, the whole group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 1971. They ended up losing to The Carpenters. However, the group’s biggest hit, “I Think I Love You,” soared to the number one spot on the Billboard charts.
The song even outsold The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” Additionally, The Partridge Family show was nominated for Best TV Show at the Golden Globe two years in a row.
The Partridge Family Joins The First Live Broadcast Of The Grammy Awards
The 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971 was the first time in history that the show was broadcast live. Previously, the awards were pre-recorded and shown a month or two after the ceremony. So, it was a big deal to fans that they could watch the awards live and join in the excitement as it was happening.
The Partridge Family members were at the ceremony along with music greats of the time. The two biggest winners of the night were Simon and Garfunkel, and The Carpenters. Each group took home several awards. Simon and Garfunkel won Record Of The Year, Best Contemporary Song, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The duo also won Album of the Year for Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Meanwhile, The Carpenters won both Best New Artist (over Elton John and The Partridge Family) and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “Close To You.”
But, perhaps, one of the most exciting parts of the night was when John Wayne appeared on stage. The Duke presented the award for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special. The award went to the Beatles for “Let It Be. “Paul McCartney accepted the award with his wife, Linda.
Nothing too spectacular occurred during the Grammy Awards’ first live telecast. Nevertheless, it was a significant night for The Partridge Family fans and the music world as a whole.