The inspiration for the TV series The Partridge Family, The Cowsills started off as brothers Bill (guitar), Bob (guitar), and Barry (drums). Later, brother John joined them, taking over on drums while Barry moved over to bass. When they started gaining popularity, they were joined by brother Paul, sister Susan, and mother Barbara (“mini-Mom”) as vocalists. The siblings ranged in age from 8 to 19, and sang outstanding harmonies together. They made lots of TV appearances in the 1960’s and 1970’s, disbanding in the early 1970’s but never actually dropping that far out of sight. In the early 1990’s, Bob, Paul, John, and Susan reformed the group, ostensibly to hit the oldies circuit (e. g. The “Happy Together” tour), but started performing new material written by Bob and his wife, Mary Jo, in nightclubs as well.

An effort is being made to get The Cowsills inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Given the list of achievements listed on their website, I don’t see how they can be kept out, apart from the fact that family acts aren’t generally well-received. They were nevertheless a very popular act that made some good music together.

Our first selection today is “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things,” their first record on MGM Records. Released in 1967, it rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second selection is their second hit, “Indian Lake,” which rose to #10 on the Hot 100.

The Cowsills, your Two for Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

10 thoughts on “TWO FOR TUESDAY: The Cowsills

  1. I think the Cowsills would have a better program than Partridges.
    It was a strange time, Beatles, Stones, DC5, Eric Burden… Cowsills? They were so sweet. Nice to hear them again, John.


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