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Partridge Family Reunion in Atlantic City

David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce reunited on stage in Atlantic City for the second time in six months.  The two played on the TV series “The Partridge Family” from 1971 – 1974.  Cassidy actually sang on the group’s records along with TV mom Shirley Jones.  Bonaduce, who played Danny, lip synced and did not.

Last fall, Cassidy, who has been touring regularly, told Bonaduce, “It’s time you learned how to play the Partridge Family hits.” Actually, he dared him.

“He knows I don’t take dares lightly,” Bonaduce said.

So he learned the five or so notes from the song, practiced a few times, and pulled it off. Then he put the red-and-white bass in its case and forgot about it.

“I have these guitars that I kind of collect,” he said. “They’re in the house so it looks like a musician lives there.”

Because Bonaduce works only an hour or so away from Atlantic City at his Philadelphia radio job, Cassidy asked him to join him onstage for Saturday night’s show.

“It’s an easy song to play, but I don’t know how to read music,” Bonaduce said. “I asked a guy in the band, ‘What the … do these things mean? He said, “This means ‘repeat, this means pause’ and so on. When I realized I was going to get through it without screwing it up, I had a great time.”


Eat your heart out, Kim Carson!

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