Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The Cowsills -the Best of The Cowsills (Great Fading Yellow jolly Psych-pop band)

The Cowsills were a singing group from Newport, Rhode Island specializing in what would later be defined as bubblegum pop. The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by four brothers — Barry, Bill, Bob, and John Cowsill. After their initial success, the brothers were later joined by their siblings, Susan and Paul and their mother, Barbara. Rounding out the group was remaining brother Richard, who did not sing with the group but was assigned as road manager and advisor.
Originally inspired by the Everly brothers and later The Beatles, The Cowsills' musical interest started while (their father) Bud Cowsill was stationed in Canton, Ohio in the late 1950s as a Navy recruiter. Bud and Barb encouraged Billy and Bob to take guitar lessons. The boys developed their musical talent and harmonized vocals and they gave performances at school church dances in Stark County, Ohio. The boys' first television appearance was on the "Gene Carroll Show" on WEWS in Cleveland.
The band drew increasing attention through the 1960s.
In late 1965, the initial four members were hired as a regular act on Bannisters Wharf in Newport, where they would sing Beatles songs hour after hour. They also produced their first recordings, and released them on Mercury Records. Despite their appeal, the company passed on a record contract for reasons never specified.
In 1966, the band was signed by MGM records, and Barbara — who would become known to their fans affectionately as "Mini-Mom," due to her diminutive stature — joined the group to record "The Rain, The Park and Other Things." Shortly thereafter the band was expanded yet again, to include siblings Susan and Paul.
With the success of "The Rain...," the band quickly became a popular act in the USA, and achieved significant airplay in England and other parts of Europe. "The Rain..." wound up reaching #2 on the Billboard charts, selling some three million copies in its first release.
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.

01 - The Rain, The Park And Other Things
02 - The Path Of Love
03 - Meet Me At The Wishing Well
04 - In Need Of A Friend
05 - Mister Flynn
06 - Captain Sad And His Ship Of Fools
07 - We Can Fly
08 - Indian Lake
09 - Gray, Sunny Day
10 - A Time For Remembrance
11 - Gotta Get Away From It All
12 - Newspaper Blanket
13 - Poor Baby
14 - Hair



Dana said...

Good stuff! Several great songs here - "We Can Fly" and "Indian Lake" are definitely bubblegum, my favorite is "In Need of a Friend". Of course, the Cowsills are said to be the model for "The Partridge Family" ;-)