David Cassidy is a former actor, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was born in Manhattan, New York City, on April 12, 1950. Cassidy first shot to fame during the 1970s when he became a teen idol. In adulthood, he established successful careers in the music, film, and television industries. His prolific career has allowed him to experience huge success in each of these fields and it was only in 2017 when he decided to retire as an entertainer due to health problems. Here are five of the top moments from David Cassidy’s career.
1. The Partridge Family
Although David Cassidy had appeared on television as a child actor many times before, it was his role in ‘The Partridge Family’ that shot him to fame. He played the role of Keith Partridge who was the son of Shirley Partridge. His on-screen mother was played by his real-life stepmother Shirley Jones. He appeared in 96 episodes of this television series between 1970 and 1974. It was this show that also launched his singing career as he took on the role of lead singer for the recordings from the show. His first single ‘I Think I Love You’ was from the series and had his stepmother singing backing vocals.
‘Cherish’ was the first single that David Cassidy sang as a solo artist that was unconnected to ‘The Partridge Family’. This was the lead single on the album of the same name. The original version of this song was written by Terry Kirkman and recorded by The Association. Cassidy’s version was released in 1972. It reached number nine on the Hot 100 Chart in the United States, number three in the Canadian charts, and number one in both New Zealand and Australia.
3. Ruby & The Rockits
In 2009, David Cassidy appeared in 10 episodes of ‘Ruby & The Rockits’ playing the role of David Gallagher. This was Cassidy’s second-longest standing television role after ‘The Partridge Family’. David’s half-brother Shaun Cassidy was the executive producer of the series along with Marsh McCall. Patrick Cassidy, David’s other half-brother, also had a role in this television series.
This 2005 direct-to-video film was written by Timothy Barton and directed by Richard Gabai. The lead roles in the movie were played by Aaron Carter and Alana Austin. David Cassidy played the role of Grant. Others who appeared in this movie included Nikki Foxx, Kimberley Kevon Williams, Adrianne Palicki, and Mary Elise Hayden.
5. I Write the Songs
One of David Cassidy’s most successful singles was ‘I Write the Songs’. Although this song had been performed by other artists prior to it becoming a hit for David Cassidy, it was Cassidy that was the first to make the single a Top-20 hit in the United Kingdom. Cassidy released this song in 1975 and it was part of his album ‘The Higher We Climb’. The album reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart in the same year. ‘I Write the Songs’ later became Barry Manilow’s signature song.