Entry: Song of the Day: March 9 3.9.2004

Cherish by The Association

Album: And Then, Along Comes The Association
Date: 1966
U.S. Chart: 1

(I love this song. We sang it for our show choir ballad last year. Plus, I love David Cassidy's version. He's delcicious, isn't he? As Pulp Fiction says, You are either a Brady Bunch or Partridge Family fan. Guess which one I am? If you don't have his version it is a definate download must.)

The followup to their first hit, "Along Comes Mary." They had been popular in the L.A. area, but gained national fame when this was released.

Their keyboard player, Terry Kirkman, wrote this in a half hour and incorporated it into their live act. Mike Whelan, who was in an earlier band with members of The Association, liked the song so much that he persuaded his new group, The New Christy Minstrels, to perform it as well. The Minstrels almost released it as a single before The Association.

Produced by Curt Boettcher in a garage that was converted into a studio by Gary Paxton (of "Alley Oop" fame), but the recording has only two Association members on their instruments, the rest simply sang vocals. Boettcher used session musicians to play the other instruments.

Originally 3:25 long. In an effort to encourage radio play, it was sped up and trimmed to 3:13, then listed on the label as 3:00. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 4)

In 1971, this was a hit for David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family. It was his first hit, and he soon became a teen idol and star of the show.


April 3, 2005   08:40 AM PDT
this is a really great man i know him he my best friend love laurie

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