I will be doing a book signing at the Sheraton Hotel in Agoura Hills CA this weekend during the two days of Cassidy concerts scheduled for The Canyon Club on the 18th and Santa Barbara on the 19th. Two days of signings will be held at the Sheraton--February 18, 2-4PM and February 19, 11-2PM. The Full address and location: Sheraton Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Room 228. Hope to see some of you!
A couple weeks ago, I appeared on Youngstown's WFMJ Midday news with anchor Jennifer Brindisi. Immediately afterword, I was called by the Vindicator, who wanted to put together a feature story on the book. The article ran today. Here's a scan of the hard copy, and I've also included the full article from the online version as well. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/2kIh3tq
The 64-page color photo section is done and will be going to the print sometime next week! (The photo section goes to print separately from the text section, which will be ready in a few more weeks!)
In the meantime, I have sent out a survey form to all of my individual backers. This feature is only offered as a one-time feature through Kickstarter. It allows me to get your shipping address and your name, as you would like it to appear in print and on the website. I have saved the survey until now, knowing I can only do it once, because I wanted to send it out as close to the print date as possible. You should be getting it about the same time you receive this update!
Once the text section is sent to print I can announce an exact release date, which will be approximately five weeks following the printing process because the book is being printed in the U.S.A., (as opposed to 4 months delivery time if it were printed in China or anywhere overseas).
I know it has been a long wait for all of you, but I hope the added work on the book will prove worth the wait! I appreciate each and every one of you and all the support you have given me through this past year. Not just for the backing, but for all the kind emails and words of enthusiasm that you have sent as well!
More big news coming soon! Time to get back on the bus! :)
Johnny Ray Miller
Hey gang! It's official! "When We're Singin' - The Partridge Family and their Music" is now available for pre-order ONLY through this site!
The cost of the book is $29.99 and you can pre-order it by going to the new link on the site, PRE-ORDER THE BOOK.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! We will have more news and updates on the book's progress in the coming weeks! Watch for regular blog postings as we go forward. If you haven't already done so, please sign up for the daily BLOG and you will receive the blogs directly to your email!
More to come as it unfolds....
Ron Hicklin, one of the 4 real background vocalists for The Partridge Family, also contracted all of the Partridge Family sessions with the other vocalists! These notes contain details of every single recording session laid down by The Partridge Family, in Ron's own hand-writing! Every song from every album and TV episode is documented here, and even more exciting--the unreleased songs are also documented!
As part of our campaign to publish "When We're Singin'" we are offering you a copy of Ron Hicklin's session notes! Open up a pledge in the next 24 hours for $35 or more, and you will receive the hand-written notes as a premium reward! For current backers, the offer is discounted at $30! Offer expires on May 20th, 2015 at the stroke of midnight!
Hop on the bus here, and let's publish "When We're Singin' - The Partridge Family and Their Music."
The campaign to publish "When We're Singin'" has now earned the backing of Denny Tedesco, filmmaker of the award-winning documentary, "The Wrecking Crew."
The critically acclaimed "The Wrecking Crew," tells the story of the session musicians who worked around the clock playing on thousands of records during the '60s and '70s. These players were the best of the best, and they were intrinsic to the creation of a sound for such acts as The Mamas and The Papas, Sonny & Cher, the Carpenters, and yes--The Partridge Family!
In fact, Denny Tedesco's father, Tommy Tedesco, was one of the lead guitar players for The Partridge Family, and Denny provides commentary in "When We're Singin'" about his young memories of the Partridge Family music!
Denny's "The Wrecking Crew" was finally given distribution after a successful campaign on Kickstarter in 2013 that garnered Denny the final funding needed to pay off expensive music licensing fees.
Denny has been a friend to "When We're Singin'" since the beginning of the project's development. He was the guy who connected me to the session players--the great Hal Blaine, Max Bennett, Louie Sheldon, and Joe Osborn to name only a few.
With Denny on board the Partridge Family bus, it's time for you to join us in making "When We're Singin'" a published reality! C'mon Partridge Family fans! Board the bus NOW! There's only 12 days left!
The bus door opens HERE: http://kck.st/1DSL7zP
-Johnny Ray Miller
Offered up again this evening is a 3rd 8 X 10 photo of David Cassidy from the Henry Diltz archives, that Henry has so graciously given to the campaign exclusively with intent to support the publication of "When We're Singin' - The Partridge Family and Their Music!"
This photo of David Cassidy was shot by Henry Diltz as part of a campaign in Australia to fight pollution, a cause that was taken very seriously during the early '70s. Once again, this offer is ONLY available here for the next 24 hours, exclusive through our campaign!
These great Henry Diltz photos are valued at $50 and up, but we are able to offer it to you, thanks to Henry, at only $35 for new backers and $30 for current backers! And here's the continued great news: SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM IS FREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
Just open a pledge at $35 or more, or choose an existing pledge category and add an additional $35! Current backers can add this photo to their existing pledge for only $30 more! The offer expires Monday, May 18, 2015 (EST) at the stroke of midnight! This is pretty fun, huh? :)
Click here to get this photo: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1479433328/when-were-singin-the-partridge-family-and-their-mu
Come On Get Happy!
You liked it so much, Henry says let's do another one!
Yep! Yesterday's photo offer made you so happy that Henry Diltz has given us another one--EXCLUSIVELY in support of our campaign to publish "When We're Singin' - The Partridge Family and Their Music!"
This is an outstanding shot of David Cassidy (and his quintessential shag hair cut) playing the Ukelele, and wearing his famous Puka Shell Necklace that he made himself while vacationing in Hawaii with Henry! Another great photo from the archives of Henry Diltz, this offer is ONLY available here for the next 24 hours, exclusively through our campaign!
These great Henry Diltz photos are valued at $50 and up, but we are able to offer it to you, thanks to Henry, at only $35 for new backers and $30 for current backers! And here's the other great news: SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM IS FREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
If you are new, welcome aboard the bus! Just open a pledge at $35 or more, or choose an existing pledge category and add an additional $35! Current backers can add this photo to their existing pledge for only $30 more! The offer expires Monday, May 17, 2015 (EST) at the stroke of midnight! Let the fun continue!
CLICK HERE TO ORDER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1479433328/when-were-singin-the-partridge-family-and-their-mu
Thanks Henry, for backing us!
Available ONLY in the next 24 hours, get this gorgeous 8 X 10 photo of David Cassidy taken by Henry Diltz for the "Cherish" album!
Henry Diltz is a big supporter of our campaign to publish "When We're Singin'," so he has offered up this quintessential David Cassidy photo to support the cause! For ONLY the next 24 hours, this photo is available at the incredibly low cost of $35 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! If the photo is all you want, just pledge $35 or more before Midnight tomorrow night as a cash-only pledge! If you would like to choose an existing pledge category of $30 or more, simply add another $35 and this photo is automatically included! Current backers are also offered the photo at a discounted rate of an additional $30 added to their current pledge!
Henry Diltz photos go for MUCH MORE than this when purchased from his studio! He is offering this opportunity ONLY to fans who support the campaign for the publication of "When We're Singin'!"
Remember--the offer expires tomorrow night at the stroke of midnight, ending May 16, 2015! Click the KICKSTARTER link provided here on this website to take you directly to the page!
Get the "I Think I Love You" or the "Come On Get Happy" Book and Photo bundles! Each package comes with an exclusive Henry Diltz 8 X 10 Color photo of David Cassidy, a commemorative lyric sheet, and a signed copy of the book! There is also a category for those who just want the photo! CLICK HERE TO ORDER: at: http://kck.st/1DSL7zP
Do you know which PARTRIDGE FAMILY song was inspired by impressionist art? Get the story directly from the songwriter, only in the new book, "When We're Singin' available only at Kickstarter.com until May 31!
One of the great, rare pieces of photo memorabilia that David Cassidy fans adore, and a sample of the kind of photos you will find in the photo section, ONLY in "When We're Singin'!
I’m sure you have heard about the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but have you ever considered the Six Degrees of David Cassidy? Find out how the Partridge Family music connects with the unlikeliest of rock legends!
If Kevin Bacon is the center of the film industry, we believe David Cassidy is very likely the center of the music industry!
When We're Singin' explores the effort behind matching the image of the Television show to the sound of the music.
While the producers and creators of the TV show were crafting the look and feel of the show, the music was being done at Western Recorders, Studio 2, and Wes Farrell was in charge. Farrell was highly driven, and it was his responsibility to come up with credible pop music, but it had to match the desired image of the show.
He pulled the best musicians, singers and songwriters of the day into the project, and as a result the music was truly rooted in an adult contemporary, or easy listening sound. With the music as believable as the strength of its image created through the magic of television, (thanks to some really terrific actors and directors) the marketing of this product took off on an international roller coaster ride that proved to be bigger than any TV/Music marketing package ever created up to that point.
David Cassidy at Melbourne Cricket Grounds, March 10, 1974