David Cassidy passed away on Tuesday. And for many of us, a giant chunk of our youth died with him..
Cassidy, star of the sitcom ‘The Patridge Family’, in which he played the eldest of five siblings in a band, was a teen idol. And during the early 70’s, he darn well re-defined the term.
The show was such a hit that ‘The Patridge Family’ released eight…yup EIGHT…studio albums, with Cassidy taking the lead in the recordings with his stepmother, Shirley Jones (they were the only two cast members who actually sang on the records).
Eight studio albums. What’s truly astounding? The show only aired on ABC for four seasons. I’m not great at math, but I know this…that equals two albums per year. And they were all hits.
Naturally, ‘Cassidymania’ soon followed, with hordes of young fans screaming David’s name and buying his lunch kits, pillowcases, bubble gum cards – anything adorned with Cassidy’s image. At his peak, Cassidy’s fan club reportedly enjoyed higher numbers than Elvis and the Beatles. But after a deadly concert in London in 1974, a sold out event in which 30 fans were hospitalized after being involved in a crush and one 14-year-old girl died from cardiac arrest, the star scaled back his touring. He released a handful of albums in the 70’s and 80’s, enjoyed a mild comeback hit in 1990 with the song ‘Lying To Myself’, and juggled a career in TV, film and musical theatre through the 2000’s.
How nuts was it when Cassidy was on TOP though? Check out this vid…..Bieber didn’t hold a candle to this dude. R.I.P., Keith Patridge…