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JOHN MILLER authored the definitive Partridge Family book “When We’re Singin’: The Partridge Family & Their Music," a 468-page hardcover volume with 64 color pages of rare photos, magazine and album covers and fan-collected memorabilia from the Partridge’s 1970s heyday. To compile in-depth stories about the Partridge Family TV series and records, Miller interviewed more than 100 people, including series stars Shirley Jones, Danny Bonaduce and Dave Madden, record producer Wes Farrell and rock photographer Henry Diltz. Cassidy contributed a brief foreward.
Since the release of “When We’re Singin’” last December, “the reaction has been phenomenal,” said Miller, who now lives in Negley, Ohio. “I have gotten hundreds of letters thanking me for this book. They say this is the book they’ve been waiting for. People say, ’I can’t believe the quality of this book. The VP of Bell Records (the Partridge’s label) and the designer of their album jackets both started their letters with ‘Wow!’
Brian Forster (who played by drummer Chris Partridge) said, ‘I’m learning things about the show I was in that I never even knew.’”
Most thrilling for Miller was the reaction of Cassidy, his lifelong idol. “He has been so supportive of this book,” Miller said. “I saw him backstage at the Canyon Club (a California concert venue) in February, and he posed for photos and said he loved it.” Cassidy allowed Miller to sell copies of the book in the lobby and he sold out.
Incidentally, Cassidy appeared in concert at Canton Memorial Civic Center in 1971, during his first rush of Partridge fame. Miller owns one of Cassidy’s white jumpsuits from that tour. Now 66, Cassidy has announced that he’ll retire from performing at the end of this year.