When We're Singin'

About The Book

Before there was music, there was a family. Then the family made music, or seemingly so. Before we heard the music, we met the family. Or was it the other way around?

This is where our story begins.

When We’re SinginThe Story of The Partridge Family and Their Music answers those question and more, in a detailed and revealing biography. This landmark television series launched the careers of David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough while capitalizing on the star power of Acadamy Award winning actress Shirley Jones and comedic talent Dave Madden.

Wrecking Crew - LA Studio Musicians

The music from the TV show (loosely based on The Cowsills) also stood on its own, thanks to the talents of the greatest singers, musicians and musical arrangers that ever walked the streets of Hollywood. John Bahler, Tom Bahler, (formerly The Love Generation), with Jackie Ward and Ron Hicklin were the real background voices. Musical legends known as The Wrecking Crew including drummer Hal Blaine, guitarists Denis Budimir, Louie Sheldon, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn and Max Bennett all played on these intricately and brilliantly arranged albums,  led under the direction of music producer Wes Farrell.

The greatest songwriters of the day wrote original music for The Partridge Family albums including Bobby Hart, (producer, The Monkees)  Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, (producers, Bruce Springsteen), Terry Cashman, Tommy West, (producers, Jim Croce) Danny Janssen, Irwin Levine, L. Russell Brown, Paul Anka, Rupert Holmes, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Mark James and the legendary Tony Romeo who penned the Partridge Family #1 smash hit from 1970, I Think I Love You.

Brian Forster and Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris Partridge, Danny Bonaduce as Danny Partridge, David Cassidy as Keith Partridge, Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge, Suzanne Crough as Tracy Partridge, Susan Dey as Laurie Partridge, Dave Madden as Reuben Kincaid

This hit ABC-TV show spawned 10 record singles, 10 full-length albums and launched the solo career of David Cassidy who became America’s #1 teen idol of all time, breaking records in concert sales and fan club memberships that have yet to be topped—and that was in America alone.