1972 Partridge Family – It’s One Of Those Nights (Yes, Love)
Actress Evelyn Ward and actor Jack Cassidy appeared together in the 1945 Broadway musical The Firebrand of Florence and married each other three years later. They had one son, David Cassidy. His parents divorced and his father married actress/singer Shirley Jones.
David appeared alongside his mother in the play And So to Bed in Los Angeles in 1967. The next year, after earning a high school diploma, David began living with his father in New York, pursuing an acting career.
David and his step-mother appeared in an unaired pilot for The Partridge Family television show in 1969. A second pilot that led to the series aired in 1970. Jack had played Shirley’s boyfriend in the first pilot, but was dropped before the second pilot filmed. The show presented a family patterned after the Cowsills that recorded pop music.
Several songs were recorded for the show using members of the Wrecking Crew and the Ron Hicklin Singers. When they discovered that David could actually sing, the show began recording music that featured David and Shirley singing. Although they did a fair job of pretending to play instruments, the other actors in the family never appeared on any of the recordings.
The show ran from 1970 to 1974. During the first two seasons, the first three singles released from the show reached the top forty on the Hot 100. The fourth single, I Woke Up In Love This Morning stalled at #13 in 1971.
David quickly became a teen idol, and in 1971, he also began releasing solo records. His first single, a cover of the Association hit Cherish, peaked in the top ten on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart.
In 1972, the single It’s One Of Those Nights (Yes Love) from the television show reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
One last single from the show reached the top forty in 1972. The cover of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do stalled at #28 on the Hot 100.
David had a few more solo hits in the US, but did surprisingly better in the UK. Two singles that didn’t do well the US reached the top of the UK chart, and David had six more top twenty songs in the UK by the end of 1975. He even returned to the top ten on the UK chart in 1985 with The Last Kiss, a single that failed to chart in the US.
David returned to the US Hot 100 top forty in 1990 and 1998 with two songs that I simply don’t recall ever hearing.
My books are on sale on Amazon (or free with Kindle Unlimited) and contain a lot more Lost or Forgotten Oldies. You can visit my author page to see them and you can read them for free with Kindle Unlimited!