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Keith's newest girlfriend is a cellist in the school band. Rachel thinks Keith is wasting his talent on rock and roll songs, and convinces him to write a piece of classical music.

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    • Author: Moralsa
    "Beethoven, Brahms and Partridge" finds Keith trying to impress his new girlfriend Rachel (Barbara Sigel) by playing her some of his hit songs. Her disapproval is rooted in the belief that his music is frivolous, and can't compare with classical music (she's a cellist with the school band). Keith spends weeks composing a classical cello piece that will be unveiled publicly for a future Partridge concert. The negative reaction doesn't deter Rachel, reading terrible reviews about Beethoven's work, so the undaunted Keith is convinced that his masterpiece needs to be heard by the right people. Harold Gould puts in a nice cameo as Walter Yost, an expert on classical music, who assures Keith that music which makes people happy can be just as important as the more highbrow stuff ("I find your songs charming"). The unreleased featured song (later heard in "Al in the Family") is "I'm Into Something Good," composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, a cover of the Herman's Hermits #13 hit from 1964, first recorded that same year as a solo hit (#38) by Cookies singer Earl-Jean.
  • Episode cast overview:
    Shirley Jones Shirley Jones - Shirley Partridge
    David Cassidy David Cassidy - Keith Partridge
    Susan Dey Susan Dey - Laurie Partridge
    Danny Bonaduce Danny Bonaduce - Danny Partridge
    Brian Forster Brian Forster - Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
    Suzanne Crough Suzanne Crough - Tracy Partridge
    Dave Madden Dave Madden - Reuben Kincaid
    Barbara Sigel Barbara Sigel - Rachel
    Harold Gould Harold Gould - Walter Yost
    Rick Segall Rick Segall - Ricky Stevens (as Ricky Segall)
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