Fans fondly remember David Cassidy
David Cassidy, musician and star of the 70s TV show, "The Partridge Family," died Tuesday night due to organ failure at a Ft. Lauderdale Hospital.
There are fans in Southern New England who were there for his second-to-last live performance ever in East Greenwich, and one who was a fan that became a friend.
“I Think I Love You” is the song that went to #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1970, selling 5 million copies from the fictional “Partridge Family,” with Cassidy on lead vocals. He played the role of “Keith Partridge” in the ABC-TV show, which was loosely based on the real-life singing group, The Cowsill's, who hailed from Newport.
The show ran for four years, but is still in syndication.
After revealing he had dementia in March, Cassidy's Farewell Tour stopped at the East Greenwich Odeum Theatre. There were plans for many more on the tour, but there was only one more in New York City.
Dan Speca remembers the night in Rhode Island.
“They were shouting, ‘We love you!’ and that was talking over him, so, yeah, didn't really go over well with him, but he put on a great show,” Speca said, referring to incidents during the performance where Cassidy was scolding the audience.
Understandably, performing the same songs over and over for decades can be a grind. There were there DUI's, and rehab, failed marriages and TV shows for Cassidy after “The Partridge Family.”
“There was a lot he put on himself, and I think that caused a lot of his problems for sure,” said Speca.
For millions growing up in the 70s, Cassidy was their teen heartthrob.
Robyn LaDouceur of Cranston was one of them, glued to the TV back in the day, watching every episode of Cassidy’s show, buying and listening to every record he made.
Fast-forward 30 years, married, pregnant with her second child, “hormonal” she admits, when she bought tickets for the whole family to see Cassidy in Atlantic City, especially since there was an advertised “meet and greet.”
“At the end of the show, they didn't do the meet and greet, something went wrong. And I blew up. I went to his website and to his publicist and lambasted him,” LaDouceur said.
A month later, she received a phone call from Cassidy himself. AT first, she thought it was a prank, but he apologized, and they became friends.
LaDouceur then became is local unpaid assistant, giving advice when he'd perform at area casinos like Mohegan Sun, screening other fans for “meet and greets.”
But she hadn't heard from him in the last three years, after his mom passed, and his revelation of dementia. He didn't reach out to her for the Odeum performance, either.
Still, she sat in the second row, mouthing the words.
“Life is too short. Never assume you’re going to see someone. I think that was my problem -- that I always assumed that there would be in six months that I'd get a phone call,” said LaDouceur. “I'll always remember him. I got the guitar picks he gave me. Somewhere up there there's an angel.”