“The Rain, the Park, and Other Things” sung by the Cowsills is one of the new “happy-type” songs currently popular in El Paso and on the national surveys. It was written by Gilbert C. Adauto, a freshman student here at the University.
According to Billboard, the top trade-music magazine, it was rated number two in the nation. It was rated number one out of the top 100 in the nation last week by Cashbox, another professional publication. For a period of three weeks it was rated number one here in El Paso by KINT radio. Thus far, the song has sold close to 650,000 single copies, not including the album it is featured on, and Adauto expects it to break the million mark.
In trade jargon, the song is “commercial-pop” with warmth and happiness. It is about a flower girl in a park with magical powers.
The Cowsills who recorded it have performed as a group for a year before being discovered by MGM Records.
Adauo (ed note: spelled different here than in other parts of article) attended Georgetown University during the summer and is currently enrolled as a political science major. His plans include returning to Georgetown University for graduate studies and becoming a Foreign Service Officer. Now his time is divided among his classwork, pledging Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and being a