Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted

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"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"
Single by The Partridge Family
from the album Up to Date
A-side "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted"
B-side "You Are Always On My Mind"
Released 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre Pop
Length 2:49
Label Bell Records
Writer(s) Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, Wes Farrell
Producer(s) Wes Farrell
The Partridge Family singles chronology
"I Think I Love You"
"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"
"I'll Meet You Halfway"

"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted" is a song written by Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, and Wes Farrell and was recorded by The Partridge Family for their 1971 album, Up to Date.[1] The song went to #6 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 and was on the charts for 12 weeks.[2]

The song went to #1 in Canada.[3] The song also reached #6 in France and #9 in Australia. It was named the #13 song of 1971 on the Cashbox charts. The song was certified as a gold disc in March 1971.[4]

But David Cassidy hated the song.[5] He didn't think it was a good song at all and hated the idea he had to talk in the middle of it so much so he refused to do it.[5]

This caused consternation with the studio and the record company, where the heads of both Bell Records and Screen Gems, both owned by Columbia Pictures, got involved.[5] Shooting of The Partridge Family was stopped so his manager and agent could talk to him over the issue.[5] One of the things they were saying was about how many more copies of the record would be sold if he spoke on it.[5]

They put pressure on him until he caved in and did the record as requested. When it was finished, he begged them not to release it.[5] "It was horrible, I was embarrassed by it. I still can't listen to that record."[5]

This was also the song that was playing before the Emergency Broadcast System False Alarm of 1971 on WOWO.


  1. ^ Up to Date Retrieved October 18, 2011
  2. ^ The Partridge Family's charting singles Retrieved October 18, 2011
  3. ^ Top Singles on the RPM for the week of March 27, 1971 Retrieved October 18, 2011
  4. ^ The Partridge Family's song chart entries Retrieved October 18, 2011
  5. ^ a b c d e f g C'Mon Get Happy - Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family bus by David Cassidy and Chip Deffaa, Warner Books Inc, 1994. pp 70-71 ISBN 0-446-39531-5

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Preceded by
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
March 27, 1971 (one week)
Succeeded by
"She's a Lady" by Tom Jones