More than 950 persons attended a program presented by Middletown's Cowsill Family last night at Rogers High School. Proceeds of the show will benefit the St. Joseph's Catholic Youth Organization.
In addition to the recording quartet known as the "Cowsill Brothers," composed of Bill, Bob, Barry and John last night's program included Mrs. Barbara Cowsill and her other three children, Susan, Dick and Paul. Bill Cowsill Sr. produced and directed the show. Richard Korn was master of ceremonies.
The first half of the show included songs made famous by leading folk singers such as "Five Hundred Miles" and "If I Had My Way," then went on to rock 'n' roll numbers. The show ended with "Moon River" and "Exodus."
Mrs. Cowsill sang a solo "As Tears Go By" and a duet with her son Bill "What Now My Love?"
The second half of the show featured the Cowsill's arrangements of contemporary members. An organ, an electric guitar, a bass electric guitar, drums, a 12-string guitar, a ganjo, a tambourine and a harmonica were used. The performanced ended with the group playing their own compositions.
At the close of the program, Mrs. Cowsill was presented a bouquet by "The Gingerman" another rock 'n' roll group.