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May 29, 2009

I Think I Love You: It's The Partridge Family!

I Think I Love You: It's The Partridge Family!

By Kathy Sweeney, former and current fan

Blog PartridgeFamily group bus This blog is not only a walk down memory lane, but a public service announcement for those too young to have watched TV in the early '70s.  The Partridge Family is back.

We know this - and not just because David Cassidy is popping up all over Facebook/Timesuck as "One of the posters/crushes/Tiger Beat dream dates of your youth".  (I'm telling you, we should start doing our own surveys over there because some of them are too dumb to live).  It's because advertisers are using their songs. This week alone, I heard the lovely strains of "I Think I Love You" in a commercial. Plus, a search for "Happy, Positive" songs on iTunes has "Come On Get Happy" in the top tier.  Coincidence?  Not a chance, Reuben.

Blog david_cassidy_copy So first, a quick primer.  Shirley Partridge (a widow, played by the fabulous Shirley Jones, songbird of stage and screen) had 5 children and a bus.  She painted the bus, dressed the children in brown velvet tunics, and voila!  A band was born.  On lead vocal, and breaking hearts all over the country: Keith Partridge (David Cassidy) who's shag haircut can still be found in many parts of this great nation, mainly in municipalities ending in 'Vale'.  His sister Lori (Susan Dey, a poncho-draped Twiggy, who not only broke hearts as a Partridge but did so again with a range of partners including Harry Hamlin and - wait for it - Jimmy Smits).  Susan's long brown hair inspired many a teen to set her hair in OJ-can rollers.  Not making this up.

Next up was the smartass redhead, Danny, played by Danny Bonaduce, who would go on to a life of minor crime and talk/reality shows.  The kid was comedy gold.  Not so much later.  Then there were Chris and Tracy, the little kids, both cute as the proverbial buttons.  Rounding out the group was their goofball manager, Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden, sporting some jackets that can still boggle the mind). His haircut may be the inspiration for the architectural wonder and fashion nightmare that is Donald Trump's.

Let's pause for a moment to point out that I am writing all of this from memory, kids.  No google.  Which frankly scares me.  But back to the PF.

The show was a breezy romp of performance-related adventures, music included.  Helped by a Friday night lead-in from The Brady Bunch, it was an almost instant hit.  So great was the Partridge cache that they not only sold a bunch of regular pop albums, but eventually recorded their own Christmas Album.  I know this because my sister got one for each of us.  I somehow ended up with two, and a Benjamin says you will not find one in my brother's CD library.

Little did we know at the time how powerful that music would be.  In fact, much to our son's open-mouthed horror, when we heard the opening bars of the tune in the commercial this week, I was able to sing the entire thing (it has more than one verse, you know) without so much as a pause.  My husband even joined in on the chorus, and he's a decade older.  That, my friends, is staying power.

In fact, the only thing that stopped me from the traditional coda on the chorus was the fact that Ty was alternating between a silent scream and huddling in the corner of the couch in the fetal position.  Kids. Sure, they love it when you crank Ludacris ("I came; I saw; I hit 'im right there in the jaw") on the way home from the grocery store but try to introduce them to some culture and they freak.  Hmmpph.

Blog Partridge Family happy Admit it - it's in your head now, isn't it?  And I'll bet you know the words.  How many songs - other than Bohemian Rhapsody and Paradise By the Dashboard Light, of course - can you say that about, after all these years?

C'mon On, Get Happy!


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Kathy, frankly you scare the hell out of me and thanks for the ear worm...grrrr.

Crimson and Clover over and over to you...how's that for an ear worm?

I hated the Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch. Never watched either of them.

As for songs I know all the words to...well, I once tried making a list, but stopped at aroung the 300 mark.

Girls were setting their hair on orange juice cans before Susan Dey - the late 60s, I think. I had a friend who did so, and slept sitting up. But who am I to talk? I used Dippity-Do in the mid to late 60s.

My sisters did the orange juice can thing. Must be tough now using a Simply Orange bottle.

I know every word to "I Think I Love You". Still. And could have come up with all the Partridge information from memory too, except maybe Reuben's real name.

I don't know what I'm up against
I don't know what it's all about
I got so much to think about

From memory, by an actual family band, a classic:

Gimme a head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, streaming,
Gleaming, flaxen waxen

Gimme down to there, hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere, daddy daddy
Flow it, show it
Long as you can grow it
My hair

Let it fly in the breeze
and get caught in the trees
A home for the fleas in my hair
(something something something)

Long straight curly fuzzy
Snaggy shaggy ratted matted
Oily greasy fleecy shining
Gleaming flaxen waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confietted
Bangled, tangled, spangled--and SPAGHETTIED!

Oooh, say can you see, myyyy eyes,
if you can, then my hair's too short!

I can also do The Rain, The Park and Other Things, but I don't want to be a showoff.

Oh! I always wanted to know all the word to HAIR!

I was a Bobby Sherman girl, so the Partridge Family was something I was supposed to avoid, because, you know, that would have been disloyal to Bobby. Who, I may point out, is out doing good with his life as an EMT, saving strangers on the streets of LA, while David is still trying to cash in on his teen idolness. Not that I feel superior or 13 or anything.

However - yeah. I can still sing those songs. And others. Last weekend we went to the Rock and Roll hall of fame, and my boys said that half the fun was the exhibits - the other half was watching me & my husband doing the old, "Oh! I haven't thought of that one in YEARS!" and bursting into song.

I LOVED the Partridge Family and David Cassidy. And I heard that same commercial last night (could it have been while watching NCIS, I wonder?)

As for ear worms and old songs that I know all the lyrics to, how about Henry the Eighth? As in "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am. Henry the Eighth I am, I am..." Second verse, same as the first.

Damn. Guess what I'll be hearing in my head all day?

Partridge Family and David Cassidy... everyone knows that.

Lyrics to THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.:

Come when he calls you, young man
(UNCLE is calling)
Hidden THRUSHes in the trees
Sing dangerous melodies
Be watchful!
Where there is danger
You are no stranger
UNCLE is calling, young man

Now, if you will all excuse me, I am going back into the TV Nerd Cave from whence I came...:)

When I was a teenager, my mother bought me the album from HAIR, but insisted on listening to it first (alone in the basement, volume very low) to make sure there was nothing offensive. Then she proceeded to use a screwdriver to scratch off one of the songs. To this day, I've never heard the song. True story. Guess which song, middle-aged music fans.

No OJ cans for me. I ironed my hair.

What fun, Kathy! Loved going down memory lane. We use to play "Partridge Family" in our suburban neighborhood in Florida. I always got to be Lori since I could play the piano. I remember being jealous because a friend had a metal "Partridge Family" lunchbox.
Weren't there two different kids who played Chris on the show?
Kris, I can go head to head with you on Bobby Sherman. Loved him and "Here Come the Brides". Now there's another trivia topic...!

I'll guess, I'll guess! I bet it was the SODOMY song.

Friday night. 8:30. Right after The Brady Bunch. Remember it like yesterday.
My friend Lisa, snort, was a Bobby Sherman fan. There was a day when my father, a newspaper editor, came home from work with a personally autographed Bobby Sherman album cover that had been sent to him as a promo. Did I hold that thing over Lisa's head? Oh, yes.
We had Partridge Family bubblegum cards, too, and the one with Keith was well worn. Oddly enough, around the same time we had Nixon vs. McGovern and my friends and I would fight over Keith and the presidential candidates. Go fig.
Another thing - my brother (10 years older) somehow got hold of the nude photo of David Cassidy. My mother had a fit that I'd see it. BTW - rumor is he's extremely well hung and Sophia Loren (I think it was Sophia Loren) slept with him just to find out if the rumors were true.
There was also the kind of sick Susan Day/David Cassidy fling (guess Susan had heard the rumors as well) and David did NOT act like a gentleman, dissing Susan for basically attacking him.
I could go on and on, but then I'd have to kill myself.

By the time the Partridge Family were on, I was married and had a baby on the way. So while I watched it a few times, it certainly did not capture my imagination the way it clearly captured yours, Kathy. But the Monkees, now... One of my best friends tortured me with all Monkees all the time when we were in high school. She had such a crush on them, and daydreamed about them constantly. Whenever we were at her house we went down to the basement and listened to their records, ad infinitum ad nauseum. So those songs I have burned into my brain.

And all the cool girls in high school in the 60's wore orange juice cans in their hair at night. I couldn't do it, myself, although I did let my hair grow senior year, when it was down to the middle of my back. And then hot rollers came out, and they were a godsend to all of us who cherished sleep over beauty.

I know a lot of songs by heart, sadly. Taking up room in my brain that I ought to be using for other stuff. Bye, Bye Miss American Pie; Bohemian Rhapsody, yes!; nearly every Beatles's song; and lots of show tunes.


I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro - magnifico

Some of the coolest lyrics ever written.

Ahh - so great to see I am not alone.

Bobby Sherman was another popular crush - "Julie, Julie, Julie, do you love me?" Glad to hear he is doing good work now.

Holy Moses - haven't thought of "Here Come the Brides" in ages -

"The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle
And the hills are greenest green in Seattle."

I also just realized I remember the words to the themes from Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. This could be a long day for earworms.

I know the song, Nancy. Sodomy.

Somehow, I don't think the Partridge Family covered that.

Well, at least it wasn't in the script...

Nancy, a screwdriver?! Wow, I had no idea you could even do that to the old vinyl records. You sure can't eradicate one on a CD so easily.

Makes you realize how futile it is to try to protect your own kids, doesn't it? The little squirts will just use their ingenuity--that they got from you--to find out what you most desperately don't want them to know.

We're definitely the same generation because I LOVED the Partridge Family and David Cassidy!! I had his poster on my wall, and yes, I had a Partridge Family lunchbox. I had all the albums and knew all the lyrics. I even saw David Cassidy in concert once. It was a big highlight of my childhood. Thanks for the memories, Kath!! You definitely improved my morning (three days of pouring rain, compounded by everybody oversleeping and a kid telling me as we were leaving the house, "Oh, I'm supposed to bring cookies to English class for a party today." The daily grind is always made better by TLC!)

Oh, my. Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, Michael Cole (Mod Squad). Loved 'em all. Last summer, when I was helping my son move to Seattle, I sang the "Here Come the Brides" song for 2000 miles . . .

The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle
And the hills the greenest green in Seattle
Like a beautiful child, growing up, free and wild
full of hopes and full of fears
full of laughter full of tears
full of dreams to last the years
in Seattle, in Seattle.

I even had a Viewmaster packet for The Partridge Family. Didn't David Cassidy marry Kay Lenz at one point? Man, I'm going to be reliving my youth all day . . . and singing the songs.

This is too damned fun.

I just went to Pandora and created a Bobby Sherman station. I may blow off the little one's preschool graduation just to sit at my desk and reminisce all day.

(Okay, not really. But oh, what a thought ...)

Jeezus...this made me flip through my LP's. I just found the DARK SHADOWS soundtrack album....

Speaking of DARK SHADOWS, do you think Johnny Depp's hair-do in the movie will include the little Barnabus bangs?

And in other hormonal news, Blond Bond and Wolverine, together at last:


Okay, "Here Come the Brides" trivia:
Bobby Sherman - Jeremy Bolt.
Robert Brown - Jason Bolt.
David Soul - Joshua Bolt.
Joan Blondell - Lottie,
???? - Aaron Stemple
???? - Candy.
(I'm refraining from checking google!)
"Hey, Little Woman..." rivals "I Think I Love You" in the hearts of girls of a certain generation, right?

Because we were revolted by the tween shows on Nick and Disney, we bought our daughter a bunch of DVD sets, and the Partridge Family was among them. She's got the first two seasons and loves them. Whenever she's got them on, I sing along to all the songs. Because even though I may not remember my name when I'm sitting in the nursing home, I will still be able to sing I Think I Love You all the way through.

That song (and all the others) from HAIR is are available on iTunes. I am going to have to pick up Queen's greatest hits now, all because of you gals.

Back in the day I worked as an usher during "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Every Friday and Saturday night I was standing in front of three 6' tall speakers while Meatloaf found "Paradise".

... here's the play at the plate, holy cow I think he's going to make it...

Stop right there...

Let me sleep on it

Waiting for the end of time.

Candy was played by Bridget Handley (I think that was her last name).

It terrifies me that I know all of this but can't remember where my keys are.

Along with knowing the words to a bunch of the songs mentioned, I can still quote the entire Life Cereal commercial with Mikey.

Did you try it?
I'M not gonna try it. YOU try it.

???? - Aaron Stemple
???? - Candy.

Candy was Bridget Hanley. Can't remember the name of the guy who played Aaron, but I know there's a Star Trek connection - like, he went on the play Spock's father, I think?

Hey Little Woman absolutely is up there with I Think I Love You.

(Pandora is playing Love American Style. Oh, wow.)

Bridget Hanley was Candy and Mark Lenard (he played Sarek, Spock's father, in all ST tv & movies) was Aaron Stemple.

I may not be as nerdy as you William, but I can hang with the best of them.

I was a Partridge Family fan. But, I didn't have a record player of my own at the time and I was very bummed about not having my own records.

To this day, I still get "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" at LEAST once a week. It'll be with me forever.

I think I've seen every episode of Gilligan's Island. And, I LOVED Adam 12 and Emergency (Emergency, emergency Squad 51, KMG 365).

(I also know all the words to the themes for Pettycoat Junction and Green Acres, but I'm not starting them, or they'll be with me all day.)

Annette, you are on my list! I am now singing all the words to Henry the Eigth and I'm stuck with it. Thanks a lot.

My heads abuzz with all the previous named songs! For me it's Build Me Up Buttercup. It's cheezy, makes no sense and I love it!

Just for the record, and this has nothing to do with anything but.......

Archie chose Veronica?!??? As in proposed and everything?!? WTF!!!!!

Hate that fricking Veronica.

I can sing the whole Gilligan theme song. It cracked me up when my daughter was little, she used to sing the line, "With Gilligan, the Skipper too", as "With Gilligan, The Skipper Dude".

Can sing The Beverly Hillbillies too. And was very fond of the theme from The Rockford Files, which I would happily hum for you if you could hear me.

Wait! I just went back to re-read and I feel that insufficient attention was paid to Ramona's link to Wolverine/Blond Bond. Good Gawd: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b126140_hugh_jackman_daniel_craig_ready_go.html?utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories

I couldn't get past the picture.

Soooo...William...I too went to my album collection and after the past blog of my crush on David McCallum came up with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. AND OTHER TV THEMES. It has a cool picture of him and Robert Vaughn on the cover.
"The theme from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Illya and Night People are all from the show. They've been heard as Solo and Illya have hop-scotched the world to bring the forces of corrruption and decay to there knees." Could be used today to describe 24, no?
In addition there are the theme songs from Mr. Novak, Flipper, Bonanza, Return to Peyton Place, Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) and 12 o'clock High.
Did I mention I dated Robert Langsing in the early 80's? He was doing a movie on Virginia Key about some giant mutant crab as I recall.
Just saying.
Also William the tag on the bottom of the back cover says Other Metro albums you will enjoy: Music from the James Bond Motion Pictures M/MS-520. I bet dollars to donuts you have it!
Thanks for the memories, er ear worms.

Dang!!!! Richard Chamberlain sings the Theme to Dr. Kildare. He has a beautiful voice BTW!!!!!

This is the reason I come to work - to read this blog and have a laugh.

I can remember many a day sitting with monster headphones on listening to the whole Night at the Opera album. I can sing the whole thing end to end . . . In the year of '39 came a ship out of the blue, the volunteers came home that day . . .

I have about 8 Queen CDs, did not buy the one with Radio GaGa on it.

Did Hogan's Heroes have a theme song, I loved that show and was briefly married to a guy named Shulze (no relation) Ha.

The worst earworm song for my whole family - Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders. A Canadian release in 1971. We drove across Canada (BC to Ontario and back) that summer and heard it 10 or 20 times a day . . . My mom got my dad the 45 of it for Christmas that year.

How many people can sing the whole song from Green Acres?

Green Acres is the place to be
farm living is the life for me
land spreading out so far and wide
darling I love you but give me the countryside.

that's all I got . . .

New York is where I'd rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue.

I had a deprived childhood. Everybody had to watch what Dad wanted to watch, which didn't include PF.
The worst earworm ever.... MacArthur Park!

The moment I read "(Three stars will shine tonight…" I could sing it with a a lot of la, la, las after it, because I can't remember the rest.
Sigh, Dr. Kildare.

You are my wife!
Goodbye, city life . . .

The chores!
The strores!
Fresh Air!
Times Square!

(sorry, I had to fill that part in).

I think I may need to put together a play list of the old songs from TV. Did you know there are words to "Bonanza"? That was a Sunday night staple, if I recall correctly.

I hate MacArthur park with a fury normally reserved for hate-mongering talking heads. Nobody wastes a cake on my watch.

You guys are the best!

I didn't know there were words to Bonanza, but I drove my husband nuts by humming the melody to it last week - he couldn't get it out of his head for days. I love when I do that. :D

Hogan's Heroes had a theme song, but it had no lyrics that I know of. I had a crush on Hogan.

Kathy, I feel exactly the same about MacArthur Park. The cake out in the rain line has to be the worst lyric ever written.


Partridge Family was a few years before me (although I was a HUGE Sean Cassidy fan.) But really, is C'mon Get Happy not the catchiest song ever?

Great blog today :-)



We chased lady luck, 'til we finally struck Bonanza.
With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, planted a family tree.
We got hold of a pot of gold, Bonanza.
With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle, how rich can a fellow be?

On this land we put our brand, Cartwright is the name, fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim.
Here in the West, we're livin' the best, Bonanza,
If anyone fights any one of us, he's go a fight with me, Bonanza.

Had to look this one up - I could only remember the last line.

Okay - who remembers Tom Hanks doing a figure skating routine to the Bonanza theme on SNL?

Oh my. What memories. I haven't checked, but I think I still have The Partridge Family album I received as a gift--a true treasure.

I also remember the Friday night double header of The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family. Friday night was also Bingo night with my grandmother, so I had to make the agonizing choice between staying home to watch the shows, or going to Bingo (which was a fun event; yes, I grew up in a very small town--why do you ask?) The decision was easier, but not a sure thing, when the Friday night shows were re-runs.

How about the words to "That Girl"?

Love this post Kathy! I share ALL these memories.

A couple of years ago we had a party w/ some high school friends. I asked one of them to make me a music mix. One of the songs, I kid you not, was The Partridge Family's "I Woke Up in Love This Morning"! And we all sang it!

And you are so right about the kids

Sunshine, Rainbows, Daisies, That Girl (?)

I can hear the song but can't remember the words.

Talk about a classic hairdo!

Gads, xena... I've got ALL the records you mention...:)

A flip! Just like I, and every other girl in my high school graduating class, had. Except for the ones with stick straight hair (those that slept on orange juice cans), that is.

My senior photo is a horror. Tightly curled flip, black-rimmed glasses. Oy, vey.

Oh, man! Yes to all the heart-throb shows, including TPF and HCTB (but I tended a bit more toward David Soul than Bobby Sherman). I even liked The Brady Bunch - go figure. Yes to all the theme songs.

And a HUGE OH VERY YES to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (and its short-lived counterpart, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.). I don't remember the theme song, but thanks to my Mom's extensive collection of books, can tell you what T.H.R.U.S.H. stands for. William, I hope that gets me some brownie points in your oh-so-elegant book :)

Kathy, I want a copy of that theme song playlist!

David McCallum wrote instrumental music during and after his years on 'U.N.C.L.E.' I seem to recall his father was a symphony musician. Young David played french horn, as well as being an actor.

I had two LPs of young McCallum's instrumental pieces . . . 'Music: A Part Of Me' and 'Music: A Bit More Of Me.' Both long gone now, of course.

All I can remember of his work is that he made me pay attention to the woodwinds because of how he featured them in his scoring and harmony.

Oh, and I recall that my mother hated the two recordings with a passion, that they were, " . . . too depressing and mournful."

Kerry, you always had points; knowledge of the Technical Hierarchy (for the) Removal (of) Undesirables (and) Subjugation (of) Humanity is a bonus!

Tom, do you have Noel Harrison's albums? They can usually be found in excellent condition, having been played only once...:)

I didn't have Noel's albums, William, but I did like his version of 'Suzanne.' Then I heard Judy Collins, and Leonard The Man, and that was that.

For the Ultimate in Guilty Juvenile Pleasures:


(Not THAT, Margie.....)

You really ought to give Her, Margie, a fix of Guilty Juvenile Pleasures, too, William. After all, it's Friday. She, Margie, has . . . ummm . . . worked . . . hard this week.

Different strokes and all that.

it's fleet week. She's getting plenty of pleasure, but I don't think she feels the least bit of guilt!

Somehow, Tom, I think Margie has it covered....:)

I love coming to a blog filled with women who shared pretty much all of my adolescent crushes. Bobby Sherman, The Monkees, David Cassidy. Let's not forget The Grass Roots either, even though they weren't on tv. (Midnight Confession, Temptation Eyes.)

I hated the Partridge Family's outfits, but would have loved to ride in the cool bus.

Don't forget there were actually two different Chris Partridges.

Dave Madden's wife Sandra writes romance novels.

Dark Shadows was the best -- cheap, flimsy sets and all. David Selby as Quentin. *sigh*

Mary! Another Grass Roots fan! My shelves are filled with their stuff. Got to see them in NYC a couple of years ago, and dang, what a treat to stand there and finally, FINALLY hear Rob Grill in person.

(insert happy sigh here)

I watched "The Partridge Family" and bought the albums, as well as "The Brady Bunch," but I LOOOVVEED Bobby Sherman. :) "Here Come The Brides" and all the rest of it. My room was filled was his posters, and his concert was the first one I ever went to when I was about 8 or 9. Sigh.

And yes, I was also one of those kids who rushed home from school to watch "Dark Shadows." :) I think it scarred me for life! LOL!

Oh, boy, serious nostalgia time.
I periodically get Partridge Family earworms. Remember "Echo Valley 26809,
I think I'll call that number one more time..."

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