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Susan Cowsill
The Cowsills' Little Girl Now Takes The Lead As Solo Singer and Songwriter
April 2, 1990
US Magazine


Seven-year-old Susan Cowsill had the perfect excuse to miss grade school in the late Sixties. She was hitting the road as a singer in her family's pop band, the Cowsills. "I begged because performing was in our veins," recalls Susan, now 30. This Cowsill kid, along with brothers Bill, then 19, Bob, 17, Paul, 15, Barry, 13, John, 11 and mom Barbara, 38, had four Top 20 tunes includ ing 1967's "The Rain, the Park and Other Things." The clean- cut Cowsills, who were managed by their dad, Bud, were just average kids from Newport, Rhode Island, who kept their egos intact except when it came to sibling rivalry. "We became experts in torturing each other," she says. But this form of punishment was nothing compared with TV producers' plans for the family. The group became upset when producers wanted the children for The Partridge Family, but insisted actress Shirley Jones play the mom. The band nixed the TV venture, and continued touring together. Eventually, the tours became tiring and the group disbanded in 1970. (Barbara died of emphysema in 1985.) Nowadays, the guys have families and careers as diverse as carpentry and songwriting. Susan is single, lives in Burbank and has been working on a solo album, writing songs, and singing backup. The Cowsills will tune up again, Susan says. "It's time for music that makes you feel happy"

Sabrina McFarland

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