“Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted” was recorded by The Partridge Family for their 1971 album, Up to Date. The song went to #6 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 and was on the charts for 12 weeks. The song was certified as a gold disc in March 1971.
David Cassidy hated the song. 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. Shooting of The Partridge Family was stopped so his manager and agent could talk to him over the issue. One of the things they were saying was about how many more copies of the record would be sold if he spoke on it. 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. “It was horrible, I was embarrassed by it. I still can’t listen to that record“.
Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted
You are Always on My Mind