Episodes of The Partridge Family are currently being rerun on TV here, and I’m loving them. (Shirley, Keith, Laurie, Danny, Chris, Tracy, their manager Reuben Kincaid, and Sunshine Pop. Who can resist that?)
And apart from the theme tune (“Hello world, hear the song that we’re singin’, c’mon get happy!”), each episode featured a song. Bargain!
Anyway, an episode I watched a couple of days ago had Shirley realising their house may be too small, and it looked like they had to sell up and find a bigger house. What resulted in the next 20 minutes was the nerve-wracking possibility of the family moving (they didn’t want to move!).
In this episode the song was “As Long As You’re There”. The start of its chorus sounded very familiar:
The Partridge Family – “As Long As You’re There” (1972) (excerpt)
To me, that sounded an awful lot like the start of the chorus of an exceedingly well-known Paul Simon song:
Paul Simon – “Mother And Child Reunion” (1972) (excerpt)
Both tracks were released in 1972, but “Mother And Child Reunion” appeared first. It was on Mr. Simon’s debut solo album, Paul Simon, which was released January 14 and then appeared as a single in February. “As Long As You’re There” was first heard on The Partridge Family Notebook LP which was released in November, and first seen on TV in that moving-house episode which aired December 29.
The similarity may have just been a complete coincidence. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to draw conclusions, then grab yourself a pencil and draw to your heart’s content.
Here are the full versions:
The Partridge Family – “As Long As You’re There” (1972)
Paul Simon – “Mother And Child Reunion” (1972)