Come On, Get Happy! Remember 'The Partridge Family?'
By | September 8, 2017
Who doesn’t remember the iconic '70s 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 (it had more than a few things in common with The Brady Bunch). The family was musically inclined and often took their talent on the road in that funky, multi-colored, 1957 Chevrolet bus!
(Anyone remember what the sign on the back of it said? CAREFUL NERVOUS MOTHER DRIVING.)
One of the recurring songs on The Partridge Family was "Come On, Get Happy" -- it was a peppy tune as well as advice to the audience. The Partridge Family wasn't going to cure cancer or bring about world peace, but it was beloved and entertaining family viewing, achieving the highest ratings for its Friday night time slot in seasons 1-3.
As you may know, The Partridge Family was very loosely based on the story of the real life musical family the Cowsills. The Cowsills were a popular act in the '60s 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.
Who Was In The Partridge Family, Anyway?
The Partridge Family's cast consisted of mother Shirley (Shirley Jones); children Keith (David Cassidy), Laurie (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce), Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks in Season 1 and Brian Forster in Seasons 2-4), and Tracy (Suzanne Crough); and last, but not least, Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), the family’s sad-sack band manager. Each cast member had 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.