However, the lengths to which his likeness was peddled was awe inspiring: candy, purses, belt buckles, iron-ons, Halloween costumes, books, pillowcases, trading cards, comics, jigsaw puzzles and jewelry.There were literally David Cassidy cigar wrappers!
.It wasn't long before things began to unravel. All this adulation started to go to his head. He was no longer satisfied with Tiger Beat. He wanted his name on the cover of Rolling Stone! In 1972, he achieved that distinction, but it came at a price. In the article, Cassidy seemed to have completely forgotten where all the money was coming from - throngs of rabid tweens - and talked openly about his sex life, posed semi nude, and discussed his drug usage. Ummm.... what do you think the reaction was from his fan base?
David Cassidy groupies from an episode of The Partridge Family
Not surprisingly, the article was not well received. The wheels were starting to come off the Cassidy gravy train.
I don't blame him. When you're a Tiger Beat star, you may be well paid, but you're not taken seriously. This same desire to be "critically accepted" led to the break up of The Monkees a few years prior. But it's a hard road to break free from the teeny bopper typecast. The Beatles were able to break free, but they are the exception, not the rule.
Well, it wasn't long lived, but it was an amazing taste of fame that only a handful of people on earth can claim to have experienced. Think about how people that were really popular in high school often let it go their heads. Now imagine being the most popular guy in every school, in every city, in every state, in the entire country for two straight years - holy shit, that must've been something else!