Back in the late '60s, The Cowsills, an honest-to-goodness family from Newport, R.I., were a pop sensation, placing four upbeat tunes in the Top 40.
That success caught the eye of ABC-TV executives, who created their own make-believe musical family, clearly based on the Cowsills, and put them on the air.
The Partridge Family was an ABC staple for four years starring teen heartthrob David Cassidy and his real-life stepmother, Shirley Jones, as the leaders of the singing sitcom clan.
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