Thursday, June 29, 2017

Songoftheday 6/29/17 - So I'll never feel your touch again I'll get used to it, Hearts don't break they just bend I'll come bouncing back...

"Lyin' To Myself" - David Cassidy
from the album David Cassidy (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from David Cassidy, the son of actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, but was most famous with his stepmother Shirley Jones, with whom he appeared on television in the classic TV program The Partridge Family. As a musical group that performances formed the apex of the show's episodes, and recording albums under the moniker (with only Cassidy and Jones singing on), the "Partridge Family" act ended up having four top ten albums and seven top-40 pop hits, including the #1 "I Think I Love You" in 1970. Also, as a result, David became an instant teen idol on the spot, not only securing ratings for the show but allowing him to launch a concurrent solo career in his own right. In 1971, his cover of the Associations' hit "Cherish" went to #9 in the U.S. He enjoyed years of success, even beyond the life of the TV show, as his fortunes internationally ended up eclipsing his success in America. He had two more #1 hits in England in as many years with "How Can I Be Sure" in 1972 and "Daydreamer"/"The Puppy Song" in 1973. He returned to the mainstream radio scene in Britain with the help of George Michael, who at the height of his Wham! success helped Cassidy with his Romance album, singing backup on the single "The Last Kiss", which returned David to the UK top ten at #6 after an eleventh year period. However, it would take another few years for Cassidy to return to the States, after fellow teen idol Donny Osmond had landed a huge hit of his own with "Soldier Of Love". In 1990, 40-year-old David Cassidy released a self-titled album on the usually heavy-metal Enigma record label, with the adult rock track "Lyin' To Myself" as the first single. Written by Cassidy with then-wife Sue Shifrin, the song finally found a home on the radio in the States next to the likes of Nelson and the reinvented Heart...


"Lyin' To Myself" became David's fifth and so-far last top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1990. The record also climbed to #25 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. The label shut its doors shortly after, leaving Cassidy on his own again. He released a couple of indie albums, with his 1998 set Old Trick New Dog rewarding him with an Adult Contemporary radio hit with "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross" (#25). At the same time, he was very successful on stage, appearing on many shows (most notably on Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat), and even conquering Vegas with his starring turn in one of the best shows that came from the Strip, EFX (taking over and completely transforming the show from the original Michael Crawford concoction). This year though, David annouced his retirement from the business, coming out with his struggle with dementia.

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Here's David appearing on the Arsenio Hall show to promote the single...


...and lastly, live in concert in Scotland...


Up tomorrow: Latin freestyle king gets a #1 hit ballad in the mail.

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