"I Wanna Be David Cassidy" by Ken Sharp

I was rocked and so saddened by the sudden passing of my childhood hero David Cassidy that I knew I had to do something more than mourn his loss....And then it hit me...I should try and write a song about what he meant to me--how the girls wanted to be with him but I wanted to be like him. Duly inspired, I finished it the same day he passed away.

Joining forces with the mighty creative team of Fernando Perdomo and Rob Bonfiglio, we moved into overdrive. I did some recording at Rob's studio in Toluca Lake late last week and then finished up with a session at Fernando's Reseda Ranch Studios yesterday. And today, with God (and David) on our side, my song "I Wanna Be David Cassidy" premiered on Rodney Bingenheimer's national radio show on Sirius XM.

All proceeds from the sale of the single benefit David's philanthropy, the Alzheimer's Association.

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"I Wanna Be David Cassidy"
Written by Ken Sharp
Outro written by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen

Verse 1: I joined your fan club for $1.49
I played your records and sang along with every line
on the cover of a Tiger Beat you’ll have ‘em dancing in the street

Chorus: I wanna be David Cassidy
and be your number one crush
I wanna be David Cassidy and ride on that Partridge Family bus

Verse 2: Saw you in concert, in your crushed red velvet suit
I bought three t-shirts, one in red and two in blue
on the cover of a Tiger Beat, you’re the face i always see

Bridge: Everybody’s gonna notice me
with my feathered back hair, the girls are gonna get excited
if I act a little bit like him

Chorus 2: I wanna be David Cassidy and be your number one crush
I wanna be David Cassidy and ride on that Partridge Family bus
I wanna be David Cassidy, watch all the girls make a fuss
I wanna be David Cassidy and ride on that Partridge Family bus

Outro: Hello world here's a song that we're singin'...

Produced by Ken Sharp and Fernando Perdomo
Recorded at Reseda Ranch Studios, Reseda, CA and The Manor, Toluca Lake, CA
Ken Sharp: Lead and background vocals, 12-string electric guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, bell tree, handclaps
Fernando Perdomo: Drums, bass, electric guitar, handclaps, tambourine
Rob Bonfiglio: Harpsichord, background vocals


Ken Sharp is a New York Times Best Selling writer who has authored or co-authored over eighteen music books, contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Santana, Cheap Trick, Raspberries, Eric Carmen, KISS, Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield, The Babys, John Waite, The Guess Who, Jellyfish, Jefferson Airplane and others. Contact Ken Sharp

His books include: Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas ‘69, Nothin’ to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), Elvis Presley: Writing for the King, Sound Explosion: Inside LA’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew, Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries, Raspberries: TONIGHT!, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man, Reputation is a Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick, Play On!: Power Pop Heroes, Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, KISS: Behind the Mask, Meet the Beatles…Again!, Small Faces: Quite Naturally, Rick Springfield: A Year in the Life of a Working Class Dog, Power Pop, The KISS Years!, and KISS Army Worldwide!: The Ultimate KISS Fanzine Phenomenon.