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by David Cassidy
David Cassidy (1950 to 2017) was an American singer and actor, with 'The Partridge Family'. David Bruce Cassidy was born on April 12th 1950 in Manhattan, New York City, USA. The son of singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward, his father was of half Irish and half German ancestry, and his mother was decended from Colonial Americans of Irish and Swiss origin (some of her ancestors were among the founders of Newark, New Jersey). As his parents were frequently touring on the road, he spent his early years being raised by his maternal grandparents in a middle-class neighbourhood of West Orange. His father's close friend Ruth Aarons, who later found her niche as a talent manager, was responsible for his early on-screen success. After making little money from 'Screen Gems' for his initial work on "The Partridge Family", she discovered a loophole in his contract and renegotiated it. He made his professional acting debut in the Broadway musical "The Fig Leaves Are Falling", though it closed after four performances. Despite this, and after moving to Los Angeles in 1969, he signed with 'Universal Studios', and was soon featured in episodes of the television shows "Ironside", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Adam-12" and "Bonanza". In 1970, Cassidy took the role of 'Keith Partridge', son of 'Shirley Partridge', who was played by his real stepmother and series lead Shirley Jones. "The Partridge Family" creators were initially unconcerned as to whether he could actually sing, knowing that his obvious good looks could be overdubbed with another's voice. However, he was able to convince music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he became lead singer for the series' recordings. After the stellar success of the group song "I Think I Love You", he began to work on solo albums as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, "Cherish" (from the album of the same title, and featured here), which reached No. 9 in the US and No. 2 in the United Kingdom, where he was extremely popular. He then began tours that featured both group tunes and his own hits. International success continued, mostly in Great Britain, Germany and Japan, when he released three well-received solo albums on 'RCA' in 1975 and 1976. Cassidy became the first recording artist to have a hit with "I Write the Songs", a Top 20 record in Great Britain which later became Barry Manilow's signature tune. However, he was self-admittedly broke by the 1980s, despite being so successful and highly paid, and also suffered issues with excessive drinking. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and announced in early 2017 that he had dementia. David Cassidy died from organ failure in a Florida hospital on November 21st 2017, aged 67. Married three times, he leaves one daughter and one son. http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/david-cassidy-1970s-teen-idol-has-died-n822426
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cassidy
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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