David Cassidy Part Two

David Cassidy Part Two

David Cassidy Part Two

I grew up knowing him in the 1970’s, so David Cassidy Part Two, is new to me. I hope you stay around and find out what I never knew, when I was in 1980’s.


Cassidy later stated he was broke by the 1980s, despite being successful and highly paid. In 1985, music success continued with the Arista release of the single The Last Kiss (number six in the United Kingdom), with backing vocals by George Michael, which was included on the album Romance. These went gold in Europe and Australia, and Cassidy supported them with a sellout tour of the United Kingdom, which resulted in the Greatest Hits Live compilation of 1986. Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield‘s Ritz Newspaper.
Cassidy performed in musical theater. In 1981, he toured in a revival of a pre-Broadway production of Little Johnny Jones, a show originally produced in 1904 with music, lyrics, and book by George M. Cohan. (The show is excerpted in the biographic film Yankee Doodle Dandy [1942], when James Cagney sings Give My Regards to Broadway and The Yankee Doodle Boy.) However, Cassidy received negative reviews, and he was replaced by another former teen idol, Donny Osmond, before the show reached Broadway. Cassidy, in turn, was himself are placement for the lead in the original 1982 Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Cassidy also appeared in London‘s West End production of Time and returned to Broadway in Blood Brothers alongside Petula Clark and his half-brother, Shaun Cassidy.

Cassidy in the 1990s

Later Career

Cassidy returned to the American top 40 with his 1990 single Lyin to Myselfreleased on Enigma Records, from his 1990 album David Cassidy, followed by the 1992 album Didn’t You Used to Be on Scotti Brothers Records. In 1998, he had an adult contemporary music hit with No Bridge I Wouldn’t Crossfrom his album Old Trick New Dog on his own Slamajama Records label.
From November 1996 to December 1998, Cassidy starred in the Las Vegas show EFX at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. In 2000, Cassidy wrote and appeared in the Las Vegas show At the Copa with Sheena Easton, as both the young and old versions of the lead character, Johnny Flamingo. His 2001 album Then and Now went platinum internationally and returned Cassidy to the top five of the UK album charts for the first time since 1974. In 2005, Cassidy played the manager of Aaron Carter‘s character in the film Popstar. He co-starred alongside his half-brother Patrick in a short-lived 2009 ABC Family comedy series titled Ruby & The Rockits, a show created by Shaun.
Cassidy was one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.
As the days of Cassidymania subsided, Cassidy regularly addressed fans at his concerts in question-and-answer sessions. In August 2016, Cassidy performed in The Villages, Florida, and brought multiple attendees to the side of the stage, asking and answering questions and engaging with members of the community who had been fans for nearly a half century.

Personal Life

Cassidy‘s first wife was actress Kay Lenz, whom he married on April 3, 1977 and divorced on December 28, 1983.
Cassidy married his second wife, horse breeder Meryl Tanz, in 1984. They met in 1974 at a horse sale in Lexington, Kentucky. This marriage ended in divorce in 1988.

Cassidy‘s daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, was born in 1986 from a relationship with fashion model Sherry Williams. After David and Williams ended their relationship, Katie was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Richard BenedonDavid has spoken of his absence from Katie‘s life; in February 2017, he said,I‘ve never had a relationship with her. I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her. She has a completely different life. I‘m proud of her. She‘s very talented. It‘s hard for me to even accept how old she is now.
Cassidy married Sue Shifrin on March 30, 1991. It was Cassidy‘s third marriage and Shifrin‘s second marriage. They had one child, Beau, in 1991. In August 2013, Cassidy‘s Los Angeles publicist confirmed that the couple had separated, with Shifrin filing for divorce in February 2014.
Cassidy moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2002. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.


In 2011, Cassidy recorded a public service announcement for Alzheimer‘s disease research and prevention due to his mother, Evelyn Ward, having the condition and said that he would campaign for that cause whenever possible. He planned to address Congress in 2012.
Cassidy was a long-time registered Democrat. During a 2012 guest appearance on The Colbert Report he expressed his views on the leading Republican candidates for president, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Cassidy stated, I believe the both of them are the most embarrassing, sad, pathetic I mean, really, this is the best we can do?

Alcohol-Related Driving Incidents And Criminal Charges

Cassidy was arrested for driving under the influence( DUI) in Florida on November3, 2010. He faced felony charges.
Cassidy was arrested for DUI in Schodack, New Yorkin the early hours of August 21,2013. He was pulled over after failing to dim his headlights as he passed a policecar going in the opposite direction. After performing poorly on a field sobriety test, Cassidy was subjected to an alcohol breath test, returning a blood alcohol level of 0.10%, which was above the New York legal limit of 0.08%. The arresting officer, one Tom Jones, reported that Cassidy was polite and courteousin reference to a 1965 hit song by singer Tom Jones, Cassidy jokingly asked the officer, What‘s New Pussycat? Cassidy was charged, taken to jail and released several hours later on $2,500 bail. On May 12, 2015, Cassidy was sentenced to community service, a fine, and a six-month license suspension.
Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of DUI in California on January 10, 2014 after he made an illegal right turn against a red light. He was held overnight in jail, ordered to undergo inpatient rehabilitation, and was placed on probation for five years.
On September 9, 2015, Cassidy was cited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on charges of leaving the scene of a car accident, improper lane change, expired tags and driving on a suspended license.

Illness And Death

Cassidy performing in 2007
In 2008, Cassidy publicly admitted he had an alcohol problemOn February 20,2017, following a performance in which Cassidy had difficulty remembering the lyrics of songs he had been performing for nearly 50 years and appeared to fall off the stage, he announced that he was living with dementia and was retiring from all further performing. He said that his mother and grandfather had also suffered from dementia at the end of their lives, and that “I was in denial, but apart of me always knew this was coming.” Later in 2017, Cassidy fell ill atrecording studio and was hospitalized. In a later phone conversation with an A&E producer, he stated that he had just met with his doctor, that he had liver disease, and that his life had “changed dramatically.” Cassidy added that he had been unconscious and near death for the first few days after the incident, but that his memory had returned. Cassidy also acknowledged that there wasno sign of dementia at this stage of his life,” adding thatit was complete alcohol poisoningand the fact is, I lied about my drinking.” Cassidy said, “You know, I did it to myself, man. I did it to myself to cover up the sadness and the emptiness.” Cassidy had told his family and others that he had given up drinkingOn November 18, 2017, it was announced that Cassidy had been hospitalized with liver and kidney failure, and was critically ill in a medically induced comaHe came out of the coma two days later, remaining in critical but stable condition. Doctors hoped to keep Cassidy stable until a liver became available for transplant, but he died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, at the age of 67. 


In 1994, Cassidy, in collaboration with Chip Deffaa, wrote his autobiography, C’mon, Get HappyFear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus. Cassidy also wrote a memoir, Could It Be Forever? My Story, published in the United Kingdom in March 2007, which gives further details about his personal life.


David Cassidy Discography

Cassidy performing in 1973


Studio And Live Albums

Year Title Label

1972 Cherish Bell Records

1972 Rock Me Baby Bell Records

1973 Dreams are Nuthin’ More than Wishes Bell Records

1974 Cassidy Live! Bell Records

1975 The Higher They Climb RCA Records

1976 Home Is Where the Heart Is RCA Records

1976 Getting It in the Street RCA Records Germany and Japan only. Held back in US till 1979.

1985 Romance Arista Records

1986 His Greatest Hits – Live Starblend Records Recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall, London (October 1985).

1990 David Cassidy Enigma Records

1991 Best of David Cassidy Curb Records Japan only. Despite the title, not a compilation but unreleased recordings from 1979.

1992 Didn’t You Used to Be? Scotti Brothers Records

1998 Old Trick New Dog Slamajama Records

2008 Live in Concert Warner



Year Title Label

1974 Greatest Hits Bell Records

1975 David Cassidy Forever Bell Records

1977 Bravo präsentiert David Cassidy Arista Germany only.

1998 David Cassidy’s Partridge Family Favorites Slamajama Records Combination of David Cassidy songs and Partridge Family songs

1996 When I’m a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Razor & Tie


Collection Of RCA Songs (1975–1976).

2001 Then and Now Universal Music

2003 A Touch of Blue Universal Music

2006 Could It Be Forever… The Greatest Hits Sony BMG

2007 David Cassidy Part II – The Remix 180 Music Dance remixes of songs.

2018 Songs My Father Taught Me Mixkitchen Musica Posthumous jazz EP (five songs).

• “Greatest Hits” featured the new song “If I Didn’t Care”, the single from this album.


Musical Soundtracks

Year Title Label

1995 Blood Brothers Relativity Records With Shaun Cassidy

1997 EFX MGM Grand Hotel Inc.

• The 1995 CD “Tube Tunes Volume 2” features Cassidy singing “Hard Times (Hard Crimes)”, the theme song from his 1978 TV series “David Cassidy – Man Undercover”.


Year Title Role Notes.
1969 The Survivors Mike Episode: “Chapter Seven“.
1969 Ironside Danny Goodson Episode: “Stolen on Demand“.
1970 Adam-12 Tim Richmond Episode: “Log 24 A Rare Occasion“.
1970 Bonanza Billy Burgess Episode: “The Law and Billy Burgess“.
1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. Michael Ambrose Episode: “Fun and Games and MichaelAmbrose”.
1970 Medical Center Rick Lambert Episode: “His Brother‘s Keeper“.
1970 The Mod Squad Brad Johnson Episode: “The Loser“.
1970 The F.B.I. Larry Wentworth Episode: “Fatal Impostor“.
1970– 74 The Partridge Family Keith Partridge 96 episodes.
1978 Police Story Officer Dan Shay Episode: “A Chance to Live“.
1978– 79 David Cassidy: Man Undercover Officer Dan Shay 10 episodes; alsocomposer of theme music.
1980 The Love Boat Ted Harmes 1 episode.
1980 The Night the City Screamed David Greeley TV movie.
1980/83 Fantasy Island Jeremy Todd/ Danny Collier 2 episodes.
1982 Matt Houston John Gordon Boyd Episode: “Joey’s Here“.
1983 Parade of Stars George M. Cohan TV movie.
1983 Tales of the Unexpected Donald/ David Episode: “Heir Presumptuous“.
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Joey Mitchell Episode: “Career Move“.
1990 Instant Karma Reno.
1990 The Spirit of ’76 Adam-11.
1991 Blossom Himself Episode: “A Rockumentary”.
1991 The Flash Sam Scudder/Mirror Master Episode: “Done with Mirrors“.
1992 The Ben Stiller Show David Cassidy Episode: “With Flea“.
1995 The John Larroquette Show Jefferson Kelly Episode: “Wrestling Matches”; alsocomposer of theme music.
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Boone Vincent Episode: “Vegas“.
2003 The Agency Everett Price Episode: “War, Inc.”.
2004 Kim Possible Roland Pond (voice) Episode: “Oh Boyz”.
2005 Less than Perfect Vince Episode: “Playhouse“.
2005 Popstar Grant.
2009 Ruby & The Rockits David Gallagher 10 episodes.
2011 Celebrity Apprentice Himself/contestant 2 episodes.
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Coe Episode: “Last Woman Standing“.

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