Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted

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"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"
Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted.jpg
Single by The Partridge Family
from the album Up to Date
B-side "You Are Always on My Mind"
Released February 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.[4] The song was certified as a gold disc in March 1971.[5]

But David Cassidy hated the song.[6] 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.[6]

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.[6] Shooting of The Partridge Family was stopped so his manager and agent could talk to him over the issue.[6] It was suggested to Cassidy that the song would achieve greater commercial success with the spoken interlude included.[6]

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.[6] "It was horrible, I was embarrassed by it. I still can't listen to that record."[6]

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

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Lindsay Planer (1970-09-25). "Up to Date - The Partridge Family | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Artist Search for "the partridge family"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Song artist 754 - The Partridge Family". 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  9. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  12. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  15. ^ Billboard. 1971-12-25. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 

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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