The Cowsills In Books

Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
by Michael Walker
Faber & Faber May 16, 2006


on Page 61:
Crystal Brelsford moved to los Angeles in 1968 from Sugarbush, Vermont, in the company ofher boyfriend, Waddy Wachtel, and his band, Twice Nicely. The rock-and-roll business by then evolved to the point that the money made by cranking out pop pap could now be reinvested in a legitimate rock band, no matter how obscure, which had the effect of cleaninsing the funds and, as often as not, providing a handsome return. Thus was Twice Nicely taken under the wing of William “Bud” Cowsill , patriarch of the redoubtable family singing ensemble then cresting with an excruciating hit version of “Hair,” fro the Broadway “hippie” musical. Cowsill installed the band in a house in Benedict Canyon, and Brelsford was given a job in the Cowsills’ offices. Twice Nicely turned out to be one of the many bands of the ‘60s that, given one more piece of luck, might have thrived; instead, they disintegrated after Bud Cowsill moved them to L.A. (Wachtel would go on to become the compleat L.A. rock session guitarist and a mainstay on records and tours by Linda Ronstadt and Warren Zevon, whom Brelsford would marry in 1974 and divorce in 1979.)

Email Me Home