The Cowsills

The Rain, The Park and Other Things
#2 in 1967


The Cowsills are from Newport, Rhode Island. They specialized in harmonies and the ability to sing and play music at an early age. The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry, then shortly thereafter added John. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry was on drums, then John learned how to play drums and joined the band, so Barry went to bass. After their initial success, the brothers were later joined by their siblings Susan and Paul and their mother Barbara. Bob's twin brother Richard was the road manager. From 1968 through 1972, the band played an average of 200 performance dates per year, and were among the most popular acts on the American concert circuit. Barbara died in 1985 of emphysema, Bud died in 1992. Both Barry Cowsill and his sister Susan were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005, Barry's body was found on January 4, 2006. A memorial service was held for Barry on February 18, 2006, Bill Cowsill died on February 17, 2006, the eve of his borthers memorial.
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