1972 David Cassidy – Cherish

Cherish is the debut solo album by American singer David Cassidy, produced by Wes Farrell and released by Bell Records in early 1972.

Cassidy had come to prominence via the TV series The Partridge Family and had sung lead on several hit singles and successful albums under the group moniker. Being underage at 19 upon being signed to The Partridge Family and during the first season of the show, Cassidy was on a flat-rate contract with Columbia Pictures and earned no royalties from recordings issued under the Partridge Family name on the Columbia-owned Bell label. However, upon reaching the age of 21 during the hiatus before Season 2 began production in April 1971, Cassidy was able to renegotiate his contract to include payment of royalties for sales of recordings and merchandise, as well as gaining a degree of input into, and control over, his recording career.

Cherish was designed as a project by Partridge Family musical producer Wes Farrell to break Cassidy out as a solo star via material not directly connected to the TV series. The album was recorded during the second half of 1971 with essentially the same musicians and technicians who had worked on earlier Partridge Family recordings, but with the aim of giving Cassidy a more mature sound than he had been able to display via the Partridge Family, and more personal material with which to work. Regular Farrell associates Tony Romeo and Adam Miller contributed three tracks each, while Kin Vassy – at the time a member of The First Edition featuring Kenny Rogers – penned the dramatic ballad “My First Night Alone Without You”, a track which was subsequently covered by a number of other artists including Dionne Warwick and Bonnie Raitt. The album also includes the Cassidy-penned track “Ricky’s Tune”, reportedly a homage to a recently deceased pet dog.

Tracks

1  Being Together (Tony Romeo) 2:48
2  I Just Wanna Make You Happy (Wes Farrell; Bobby Hart) 2:11
3  Could It Be Forever (Wes Farrell; Danny Janssen) 2:12
4  Blind Hope (Adam Miller) 3:07
5  I Lost My Chance (Adam Miller) 2:32
6  My First Night Alone With You (Kin Vassy) 3:26
7  We Could Never Be Friends (Tony Romeo) 2:44
8  Where Is The Morning (Adam Miller) 2:44
9  I Am A Clown (Tony Romeo) 4:22
10  Cherish (Terry Kirkman) 3:37
11  Ricky’s Tune (David Cassidy) 3:16

Media

Musicians

BassMax Bennett
BassReinie Press
DrumsHal Blaine
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarTommy Tedesco
GuitarLarry Carlton
VocalsDavid Cassidy

Liner Notes

Producer – Wes Farrell
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – John Bahler (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Al Capps (Tracks 10)
Arranged By (Rhythm Tracks) – Wes Farrell
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Mike Melvoin
Engineer – Bob Kovach
Engineer (Assistant) – Winston Wong

Photograpyh – Henry Diltz

Recorded at Western Recorders (Studio 2) Los Angeles