Who doesn’t remember the iconic 1970’s television sitcom, The Partridge Family? The hit show first aired in 1970 and ran through early 1974. It was a show about a widowed mother raising 5 children on her own. The family was musically inclined and often took their talent on the road in that funky, multi-colorful, 1957 Chevrolet bus!
As you may, or may not, know, The Partridge Family sitcom was very loosely based on the story of the real life musical family, the Cowsills. The Cowsills were a popular family music group in the 1960’s but were not cast as themselves in the sitcom because they were not actors. They were a very talented family musical group with many hit songs to their credit, including the title song to the musical, Hair.
The Partridge Family cast consisted of mother, Shirley (Shirley Jones), children, Keith (David Cassidy), Laurie (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce), Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks/Season 1 and Brian Forster/Seasons 2-4), Tracy (Suzanne Crough) and last but, not least, Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), the family’s “sad-sack” band manager. Each cast member played a distinct role on the show and in the band from vocals to playing musical instruments; and of course, Reuben, the family band manager, who was not a family member, always booked their gigs.
Each character brought their own talent and unique personality to the show. Traditional mom, Shirley, was ultimately in charge of the family as well as being a vocalist and keyboardist in the band. She constantly struggled with juggling the best welfare of her family, both personally and professionally. Keith, the oldest child and lead vocalist/lead guitarist, was an irresistible teen idol and heartthrob for many teen girls. Laurie, also a heartthrob for young boys, was a vocalist and pianist. Danny, the precocious and mischievous middle child, was a vocalist and bass guitarist. Danny was always at the center of most of the family drama and crisis’. Chris, the youngest boy, was a vocalist and drummer. Tracy, the baby of The Partridge Family, was the only member of the family that did not sing in the band but did play the tambourine. Whether you were a kid or an adult in the 1970’s, chances are that you identified with one of the characters in The Partridge Family.
The Partridge Family, a 1970’s television show produced by Wes Farrell, was an instant hit! The show took on a life of its own with an awesome cast as well as some popular songs including, Come On Get Happy, I Think I Love You, Summer Days, Let The Good Times In, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, I Can Feel Your Heartbeat, Together, I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Looking Through The Eyes Of Love, Rainmaker and Baby I Love, Love, I Love You.
Although The Partridge Family was a fictional “show business” family, they were people we were all able to connect with on some level. Each and every episode ended with an inspirational and positive message… Come On Get Happy!