I Think I Love You

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"I Think I Love You"
Single by The Partridge Family
from the album The Partridge Family Album
B-side

"Somebody Wants to Love You"

"To be Lovers" (Philippines)
Released November 1970
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, baroque pop
Length 2:54
Label Bell Records
Writer(s) Tony Romeo
Producer(s) Wes Farrell
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Partridge Family singles chronology
"I Think I Love You"
(1970)
"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"
(1971)
"I Think I Love You"
Single by Voice of the Beehive
from the album Honey Lingers
Released 1991
Format 7" single, cassette single, CD single
Genre Rock
Length 3:13
Label London Records
Writer(s) Tony Romeo
Producer(s) Don Was
Voice of the Beehive singles chronology
"Monsters and Angels"
(1991)
"I Think I Love You"
(1991)
"Perfect Place"
(1991)

"I Think I Love You" is a 1970 single by The Partridge Family, featuring David Cassidy, composed by songwriter Tony Romeo. The song was released at the same time as the debut of the network television sitcom The Partridge Family. During the show's first season the song was featured on the show twice as it was climbing the actual Billboard charts. The song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and in Canada on the RPM 100 national Top Singles chart in November of that year and #1 in Australia and New Zealand in 1971.[1]

The only cast members of the television show to actually participate in the recording of the song were David Cassidy and Shirley Jones. The music on the song was played by veteran studio musicians such as Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborne, Louie Shelton, Tommy Tedesco, and others.[2] Background vocals on this, and all other Partridge Family recordings, were provided by veteran session singers: Ron Hicklin, John Bahler, Tom Bahler, and Jackie Ward.

Perry Como version[edit]

On November 25, 1970, "I Think I Love You" was recorded by Perry Como, with Nick Perito's orchestra, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The song was released by RCA Victor Records on an album, It's Impossible, in December 1970, and reissued in 1975. RCA also released the recording on an EP in Mexico in 1971.

Voice of the Beehive version[edit]

In 1991, alternative rock band Voice of the Beehive covered the song on their second album Honey Lingers. Released as a single in the UK on London Records, their version hit number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Other versions[edit]

Andy Williams released his version on 1971's Love Story. It was also released on the import The Very Best of Andy Williams in 2009.

In 1971, a French-language cover by Georges Guétary was released, entitled "Papa Je T'aime" ("Papa, I Love You"); unlike the original version, this version is a salute to a child's father.[4]

In 1974, Betty Chung (鍾玲玲), a female Hong Kong singer, covered the song on her LP album Betty Chung.

In 1992, the group Nice & Smooth sampled the intro from the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" in their rap hit, "Hip Hop Junkies".

Florida-based band Less Than Jake covered the song, and their version was included on the soundtrack to the 1997 film Scream 2.

Clam Abuse covered the song as the first proper song for their debut album "Stop Thinking" in 1999. A recent re-issue also contains a remix of the cover.

American pop singer Kaci released her version as a single in 2002, hitting number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2002, Katie Cassidy recorded her dad's hit. She was 15 at the time (five years younger than her dad when he recorded his version).

Paul Westerberg covered it in 2004, and in 2005, as did Constantine Maroulis and Katie Cassidy (David's daughter). A section of the song appears towards the end of Westerberg's 2008 release 49:00.[5]

David Cassidy himself did a soul remake of the song in 2003 for the album Touch of Blue.

Declan Galbraith covered it in 2007 on his album, You and Me.

Brandon Bishop covered it in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RPM Top Singles - Volume 14, No. 14, November 21 1970 from Library and Archives Canada, retrieved November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ liner notes from The Partridge Family Album, Razor and Tie Music Corporation, CD, 1993
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Georges Guétary, Papa je t'aime on YouTube Retrieved November 29, 2011
  5. ^ Lewis, David. (2009, July 24). Paul Westerberg - '49:00'. Variety Retrieved on November 29, 2011

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
(Partridge Family version)

November 21, 1970 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Preceded by
"We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
(Partridge Family version)

November 21, 1970 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Isn't It a Pity" by George Harrison