Best known for his role as teen idol Keith Partridge in the hit 1970s musical sitcom "The Partridge Family," David Cassidy's career spanned over six decades until his passing on Nov. 21, 2017. Cassidy led a successful career in music and acting following the conclusion of "The Partridge Family" in 1974, appearing in nearly two dozen more television shows and films while releasing 14 studio albums between 1972 and 2008.
His illustrious career was cut short due to mounting health issues, but Cassidy lives on in the hearts of television and music lovers across the globe. Below we reflect on the pop star's 10 best songs, which include mega-hits "I Think I Love You," "Daydreamer" and "Rock Me Baby."
The dreamy sounds of 1972's Cherish marked teen heartthrob Cassidy's first official solo release, and the title track speaks of lost love and the desire to get that person back. Written by musician Terry Kirkman, the song was initially performed by The Association and climbed to the top of the Billboard charts upon its release in 1966.
Although written for Barry Manilow, the first release of "I Write the Songs" came from Cassidy in 1975 from his album The Higher They Climb. The song was a hit for Cassidy in the U.K., reaching No. 11 on the charts. However, Manilow found more success in the states with the single, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its ninth week on the charts in January 1976.
One of Cassidy's final singles, "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross" was released alongside the singer's 1998 album Old Trick New Dog. It became an Adult Contemporary hit, reaching the Top 25 in that category in 1998. The upbeat song has Cassidy singing of a love he's obsessed with, claiming that "there's no bridge I wouldn't cross" and that "nothing could keep me away."
Cassidy performed a version of the hit Beatles song for his 1974 album Cassidy Live!. The sole single from the record, it reached No. 16 on the British singles chart but failed to find commercial success in the U.S., largely due to Bell Records' transition to Arista Records in 1975.
6. Rock Me Baby
One of several Top 20 hits for Cassidy throughout his career, "Rock Me Baby" was the title track from his 1972 sophomore album. While it didn't receive as much recognition as "How Can I Be Sure," the single is considered one of the singer's most well-known songs. It was also recorded by British pop group Brotherhood of Man, but was given exclusively to Cassidy once it began charting.
The second single from his debut album, "Could It Be Forever" found major success in the U.K. as "The Partridge Family" began to find commercial success overseas. The single reached No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 and was released as a double-A side along with "Cherish" in the U.K., propelling Cassidy to stardom across the pond.
Cassidy released just one album in the 1980s with Romance in 1985, and lead single "The Last Kiss" was the highest-charting single from the release. Featuring guest vocals from George Michael, "The Last Kiss" peaked at No. 6 on the U.K. Top 40 Chart. With Cassidy maturing from his teen image, Romance failed to resonate like much of his hit records during the peak of his career in the mid-'70s.
"How Can I Be Sure" was written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati for The Young Rascals in 1967. Cassidy brought the song back for his 1972 release Rock Me Baby, and it again became a major hit in both the U.S. and U.K. It reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Easy Listening Chart, making it one of Cassidy's most critically-acclaimed singles.
Cassidy's final single on the U.K. Singles Chart, "Daydreamer" spent three weeks at No. 1 upon its release in October 1973. That year, it was the 10th best-selling single in the U.K., falling behind Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree."
Widely recognized as one of the greatest pop songs of the 1970s, "I Think I Love You" was written for "The Partridge Family" with Cassidy on lead vocals. It served as the group's debut single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1970. The song has been covered countless times since its release in August of that year, with the likes of Nice & Smooth, ska band Less Than Jake and Kaci Battaglia each performing renditions.