Sept 26, 2013: News OK: Shirley Jones’ racy memoir debunks wholesome ‘Partridge Family’ image
In the 1970s, Shirley Jones emerged as one of the most wholesome and beloved TV moms in sitcom history as the bubbly, quasi-hippie Mrs. Partridge of “The Partridge Family.”
The Partridge Family Album is unique among other Partridge records, in that it documents examples of the group's original sound. Had Farrell not discovered that David Cassidy could really sing, then the songs I'm On The Road and I Really Want To Know You would have been the standard for all the songs. In fact, the first experiment for David's vocal abilities can be found in To Be Lovers, where Cassidy is given one line to sing.
I Think I Love You is the song that put The Partridge Family on the map. Phenomenally successful, the song hit number one and stayed there for sixteen weeks. It was voted the number one song for 1970, and is still permeating the public consciousness to this day. The song features the harpsichord, which Farrell decided to utilize for The Partridge Family due to its light and cheerful sound. The chord structure is a classic example of Tony Romeo's songwriting style, which uses inverted chords to maintain a chromatic bass line. Larry Knechtel's harpsichord solo seems inspired by George Martin's piano solo on The Beatles' In My Life. Reportedly, as Knechtel was recording the solo, he broke into laughter which had to be edited out of the final mix. Cassidy's classic double-tracked vocal works extremely well in this song, no doubt the prime mover of its success.(SOURCE: C'mon Get Happy)