Family acts in show business are not entirely out of the ordinary; after all, there is the king family. But a family act that sells a hit record is indeed a rarity.
The Cowsills, a seven-member family act including five brothers, one sister and their mother, are fortunate to have had five hit records in one year. Their single and album record sales total in the millions for 1968 alone, and their newest single, “Hair,” from the Broadway show of the same name, is fast approaching the number one mark.
The Cowsills became a family in 1946 when Barbara and Bud Cowsill introduced their first son Bill to the world, and the ensuing years saw the family grow from a trio to a nine-member group.
The road to success was filled with its share of obstacles, including the near loss of the family home in Providence, R.I. Luckily their first hit record, “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” came along and saved the old homestead from the auction block. Other hit records followed, as well as major television shows, personal appearances and most recently talk of a television series of their own.