Saccharine and implausible as it was, the concept that provided the basis for The Partridge Family - a wholesome family rock group that toured the country in a brightly painted school bus - didn’t originate with some wash-'n'-wear TV exec but with a real-life rock band - The Cowsills.
The Beatle-ish group had several hits in the late 60s (until their squeaky-clean image became a liability). In fact, the family was supposed to play itself until the network insisted on Shirley Jones playing their mother, scratching the deal. The Cowsills were eventually eclipsed by their TV counterparts, who scored several hits ("I Think I Love You" etc.) and produced their very own monster star, David Cassidy - whose career has never recovered from the oppressive Partridge Family hype.