A widow and her five children became a chart-topping singing group in this fan favorite, loosely based on the Cowsills, a popular '60s band. The Partridges were something of a music phenomenon in the early 1970s, with several of their songs becoming hits even though only two of the performers, Shirley Jones and her real-life stepson David Cassidy, actually did their own singing. Cassidy became a teen idol and top-selling recording star in his own right.
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