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He sang the lead vocals for ‘The Partridge Family’ recordings and during the run of the show, ten ‘Partridge Family’ albums and several solo albums were produced. The biggest recorded hit, ‘I Think I Love You’ (1970), helped Cassidy become a teen idol in his own right. He received Grammy nominations, won a Golden Apple Award and had some hit singles outside of the show. His fan club became the largest in music industry history, even outstripping those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
With his growing fame and singing success, Cassidy was keen to shake his squeaky-clean teen idol image and to pursue a solo career. He decided to leave the show, and ‘The Partridge Family’ was cancelled in 1974, after 96 episodes.
Concentrating for a while on his singing, Cassidy had many chart-topping singles, including ‘Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted’, ‘I Woke Up In Love This Morning’, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, ‘Cherish’, and ‘Rock Me Baby’. In 1974, Cassidy went on a concert tour that began in New Zealand, and took him to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and ended in England.
Moving to England in 1984, Cassidy concentrated on writing new songs, and married his second wife, South African sportswoman Meryl Tanz. He recorded the album ‘Romance’ in 1985 and enjoyed sold-out British concert tours. In 1986, a mere two years after they married, Meryl and David divorced.
Cassidy was gaining considerable credibility as both a dramatic and a musical theatre actor. He took over from Sir Cliff Richard to play the Rock Star in the London West End production of ‘Time’ (1987), with Sir Lawrence Olivier and played opposite his half-brother, Shaun Cassidy, with Petula Clark, in ‘Blood Brothers’ (1994).
He turned his hand to film making, back in America, and the feature film ‘Instant Karma’ (1990) was the result. He married his third wife, singer/songwriter, Sue Shifrin on 30 March 1991 and they had a son, Beau Devin Cassidy (born 8 February 1991).
January 2005 found Cassidy spending a week on a morning radio show at WJMK-FM, in Chicago. He chatted happily to fans and lunched with the winner of a competition the station ran.
A life’s passion for Cassidy has been horses and he breeds and races thoroughbreds. He and his wife are also committed to helping the needy, involving themselves in activities such as the 1994 Rebuild LA campaign, with spin-offs to help the children in Kosovo and the formation of KidsCharities.org.
In a career of great variety, Cassidy has worked prolifically, in virtually all aspects of entertainment, from the late 1960s until the present. From television and film to the stage; from Broadway and the West End to Las Vegas; from directing and producing to writing, starring, and singing; he has done them all, with great panache and to continued praise and recognition.