Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26: Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 64-years-old today.

The Cowsills, from Newport, Rhode Island, specialized in harmonies and the ability to sing and play music at an early age. 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. They were the inspiration for the television Partridge Family.

Their first big hit, "The Rain, The Park and Other Things" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1968, the band scored another million-selling hit with the song "Indian Lake" which reached #10 on the charts and in 1969, the band had another number two hit and another million seller with their version of the title song from the musical Hair.

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. They were particularly noted for their ability to achieve 4- and 5-part harmonies with remarkable accuracy and relative pitch; a phenomenon common among sibling singing groups.

Bob remained with the group until it split in the early 1970s. He then began working in the medical industry. He helped develop and train hospital emergency departments how to use EDTS (Emergency Department Information Tracking System), a system to manage hospital bills and emergency room accountancy.

He rejoined his siblings Susan, Paul and John in 1990 to again tour and record as The Cowsills. He still performs with Susan and Paul as The Cowsills as well as on his own at local clubs and small venues in California.

Mother Barbara, and brothers Bill and Barry have passed away. Barry drowned in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina.

The Best of the Cowsills: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection


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