“The Partridge Family” was a comedy that starred Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge, a widowed mother of five. The family comes together and forms a singing/musical group, called, OK, this is a stretch … The Partridge Family.
The Partridges drove around in a psychedelically-painted bus, with the words: “Caution: Nervous Mother Driving” painted on the back door of the bus.
During the show, which ran from 1970 to 1974, David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show and was Shirley Jones’ stepson in real life, rose to meteoric, teen idol fame.
Others in the cast were Danny Bonaduce as wiseacre, red-headed Danny Partridge, who was a constant thorn in the side to the group’s manager, Reuben Kincaid (played by Dave Madden); Susan Dey as older sister Laurie, and Suzanne Crough as the tamborine-playing Tracy. Brother Chris, who played the drums, was first portrayed by Jeremy Gelbwaks and then Brian Forster.
OK, I admit it … I had a “Partridge Family” toy bus, and a coloring book, too, when I was a kid.
You can watch The Partridge Family perform “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” on YouTube.com here
Listen to The Partridge Family sing “Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque” and watch a montage of stills from the show. (“Point me … in the direction of Albuquerque …bubachat bubachat bubachat….)