Shaun Cassidy Biography

27 September 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA. A singer, actor, writer, and producer, Shaun Cassidy is the son of Broadway and movie stars Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, and the step-brother of David Cassidy. After singing and composing with the Longfellows group when he was only 14, in the mid-70s Cassidy made an impression on European pop charts with his debut solo single, ‘Morning Girl’, followed by ‘That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Back home in 1977, his reworking of the Crystals’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ topped the US chart, and was followed by two other Top 5 entries, ‘That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and ‘Hey Deanie’ (both written by Eric Carmen), as well as the modestly successful ‘Do You Believe In Magic?’. Around this time Cassidy was also active in the theatre and on television. His stage credits in the 80s included regional productions of Barefoot In The Park, The Subject Was Roses, Mass Appeal, Pass/Fail, A Loss Of Roses, Triumph Of The Spider Monkey, Dangerous Music, and Romance, Romance. In 1990, he co-starred with model Jerry Hall in a West End version of Bus Stop, and later that year appeared in They’re Playing Our Song at Stage West, Toronto, in Canada. In 1993, Shaun joined David Cassidy and Petula Clark in Bill Kenwright’s Broadway production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. This inspired casting reportedly prevented the show’s early demise. On television he has had leading roles in top rated series such as The Hardy Boys, Breaking Away, General Hospital, Roots, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Matlock, as well as hosting his own Shaun Cassidy Special. His television movies have included Dawn, Portrait Of A Runaway Singer, Like Normal People, and Once Upon A Texas Train. In 1996, when David Cassidy took over from Michael Crawford in the spectacular EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, the two brothers worked together on script revisions. Among Shaun Cassidy’s most recent television projects, as a writer, producer, creator, have been American Gothic (1995) and Roar (1998).

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.