When We're Singin'

Shirley Jones

Book Signing--THE STEEL CITY CON, Monroeville, PA, April 13, 14, 15!

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Anyone able to come to the Monroeville PA STEEL CITY CON this weekend? LOVE to see you! I'll have a table there, signing books and there will be a host of celebrities including John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) and Alice Cooper (who was a good friend of David Cassidy!) Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Hope to see you! Here's the link: https://www.steelcitycon.com/

Interview with Stan Turner, KLBB, Extended Due to Listener Interest! Link Attached!

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 The interview with Stan Turner at KLBB went so well yesterday they extended it to a full hour because listeners were calling in with so many questions!  It was clear that Stan loved The Partridge Family and had great respect for the groundbreaking impact the show and the music had on 70s pop culture. Here's the link! Let me know what you think! :) Check out the site, too at KLBBRadio.com!

https://audioboom.com/posts/6148383-when-we-re-singin-the-story-of-the-partridge-family-author-johnny-ray-miller?t=0

DANNY BONADUCE Tweets support today for WHEN WE'RE SINGIN'!!

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Hey gang!

DANNY BONADUCE tweeted this pic, along with a great comment about the book!

Read his tweet: "Just received my copy of a great new book about The Partridge Family. It's 467 pages. I had no idea we were this important."

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, EVERYONE! TWEET, RE-TWEET AND SPREAD THE NEWS!!! :) Come on get REALLY happy!!!

Final Offers: Diltz Photos, "Whale Song" Bundle

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There is still one more photo from Henry Diltz available, and some other offers to look at as we head for the final 2-days left in the campaign.

David and his dog, Bullseye!

David and his dog, Bullseye!

Henry Diltz offered a total of 11 photos for the campaign. This is the one remaining photo yet to be seen. It is David with his beloved dog, Bullseye. 

If anyone would still like to pick any of the previous special offers, they are back on the table through the close of the campaign. Each 8 X 10 photo is $35 for new backers, and $30 for current backers. Henry also offered us a limited number of signed 11 X 14's as well. Of the limited quantity offered, there are only 4 slots left. The signed versions are $225 for new backers and $195 for current backers. Please send me a note if you choose the 11 X 14 signed version so I can confirm that there is availability.

"Home Is Where The Heart Is" photo outtake.

"Home Is Where The Heart Is" photo outtake.

David on horse, from the "Cherish" photo sessions.

David on horse, from the "Cherish" photo sessions.

Quintessetial David!

Quintessetial David!

David playing Eukele!

David playing Eukele!

"Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes" photo outtake. 1973.

"Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes" photo outtake. 1973.

David promoting "Keep Australia Beautiful" campaign.

David promoting "Keep Australia Beautiful" campaign.

For our final offer, we have the "Whale Song" Bundle. You get a lyric sheet commemorative of "Whale Song" along with one of the hand-written lyric sheets, written and signed by Marty Kaniger, for $250. These are quite special in that BOTH of the songwriters who wrote this song have signed BOTH the commemoratives and the hand-written lyric sheets. 

"Whale Song" lyric commemorative, signed by BOTH songwriters, Dan Peyton and Marty Kaniger. 

"Whale Song" lyric commemorative, signed by BOTH songwriters, Dan Peyton and Marty Kaniger. 

"Whale Song" hand-written lyrics. Written by Marty Kaniger and signed by Marty Kaniger and Dan Peyton.

"Whale Song" hand-written lyrics. Written by Marty Kaniger and signed by Marty Kaniger and Dan Peyton.

"Whale Song" was one of the rare times Shirley Jones sang solo on the show, and certainly the most memorable. It has become one of the most-requested unreleased songs. The story behind "Whale Song" is also one of the most intriguing stories behind any of the Partridge Family songs! Guaranteed to surprise and engage! 

Thank you, my good friends, supporters and incredible songwriters, Marty Kaniger and Dan Peyton for this one! We are so grateful! 

Hop on the bus, last bend!

Kickstarter's Staff more than Likes it, They LOVE it! Featured on their Blog!

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Today, the staff at Kickstarter sent an email saying  they love this project so much the are featuring it on their blog! Check out the video clip of David Cassidy from an episode of The Partridge Family, as well as a plug for the book-- a book that cover the Partridge Family's music for the very first time! Here's the link:  http://kck.st/1F8Z8Ar

The biggest premium reward on our campaign! Signed by 'Wrecking Crew' session players! Includes real Partridge Family lead guitar player, Dennis Budimir, real Bass Players Joe Osborn and Max Bennett, artist Kirk Poffenberger and author Johnny Ray Miller. 

The biggest premium reward on our campaign! Signed by 'Wrecking Crew' session players! Includes real Partridge Family lead guitar player, Dennis Budimir, real Bass Players Joe Osborn and Max Bennett, artist Kirk Poffenberger and author Johnny Ray Miller. 

Tell all your friends, and pass the word! 

24 Hours In, and 10% Funded!!

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After our first 24 hours of launch, I am very pleased to report that we are showing an amazing 10% already funded towards our goal in bringing this book to life! 

There is certainly nothing quite like connecting with all of you who care so much about this project.  Your energy and eagerness to get on board and make this book a reality is fueled with an obvious passion, and you have sent us flying out of the gate!  Let's keep going!  Tell your friends and family!  Share it on Facebook and Twitter!  Get everyone on board that you can! 

Commemorative Lyric Sheet for "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" signed by songwriter, Mike Appel! Only available on Kickstarter.com!

Commemorative Lyric Sheet for "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" signed by songwriter, Mike Appel! Only available on Kickstarter.com!

If you haven't already, please remember to sign up for our daily blog and you will get these daily updates sent automatically to your email. We will be doing a newsletter too, about once a month, and we'd love for you to sign up on that as well!

Back to the campaign trail....

Johnny


Thinking about Suzanne

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Dear friends,

As the day has worn on, I have been unable to do anything but think about Suzanne Crough and her family. It is all quite shocking and devastating. Before I could bring myself to continue promotion on the book, I felt the need to take this extra day of silence, if you will, in memory of Suzanne.

When I first met Suzanne, she was like talking to an old friend. She had that way about her. She was instantly personable and casual. Some years later, I saw her an an autograph show, and to my surprise, she remembered me. The photo I have posted here is the one in which Suzanne signed for me that very day. Coincidentally, it was this particular day that I spoke with her about my interest in doing a book. It was just a seed in the back of my mind at the time, but she  encouraged me to follow through with it. Flash forward a couple years.

When Suzanne spoke with me on the phone during our interviews, she was that same instantly casual, fun, sincere person I had met several years before. She still had that very broad sense of humor--the kind that makes you not just laugh out loud, but ROAR out loud! It is one of the things I will remember most about her. It isn't something I wrote about in the book because it is more of my own personal memory. But I find myself wanting to share it with all of you.  

One time we spoke while she was in her car, and she had to put me on hold because she said she was at the Starbucks Drive-Thru. It just made me laugh for some reason. Once again, there was that quality she possessed that made you feel like you were talking with your closest of friends. She had the ability to make you feel very special.

I have no photos of The Partridge Family framed or hanging on my wall, but this photo is going to be my first. In the days and months to come,  let's continue to wish the best for her family as we all remember her with our hearts.

Johnny Ray Miller

 

Casting The Partridges

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David Cassidy and Shirley Jones have a great story about how they first discovered they were cast together on The Partridge Family, a story that is frequently repeated on the talk show circuits.  But did you know there was more to the story? Much more!  

Read the behind-the-scenes complications from the casting director herself, Renee Valente, who recounts with great detail the very scenario about casting real-life family members--in this case a step-mother and step-son--on the same show, and what drama it created for the powers that be!  

Eighteen days until the Kickstarter campaign begins!  Keep spreading the news!!