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Cowsill's at Seaside June 27 In Barnum Festival Opener
In First Barnum Festival Show
June 18, 1968
Bridgeport Post
Bridgeport, Connecticut

These are the Cowsills who will perform in the first of the Barnum Festival's entertainment offerings in the Festival theater in Seaside park. A Family group, the Cowsills are made up of five brothers, Bill, Bob, Barry, John and Paul, and their mother, Barbara, and little sister, Susan. The Cowsills will be presented by the Festival on June 27 at 8:30 p.m.

The Barnum Festival's entertainment series in the Festival Theater in Seaside park will open on June 27 with the Cowsills, a family group which has won popularity with television shows and recordings, as the first attraction.

Fans of this musical minded aggregation have made an early run on tickets which indicates that the Festival opener will be one of the more popular shows in the Festival's 11-day schedule.

Tickets are available at the Festival Theater box office in Seaside park and also may be ordered by mail or by telephone.

The nucleus of the Cowsills are the four boys - Bill, Bob, Barry and John - and they are joined by Barbara (the Cowsills' mother) and baby sister, Susan, now nine years old.

A fifth brother, Paul Cowsill, has been performing with the group since February, making seven Cowsills in all in the act.

While the Cowsill boys each can play several musical instruments, the swinging group is best known for the performances by Bill and Bob with guitars, Barry with bass guitar and John on the drums.

They play folk music, folk rock and popular standards.

Their first big recording "The Rain, The Park, and Other Things," moved them from teen clubs, church programs and party performances into big time show business.

They followed their first success with another top tune "We Can Fly." And fly they did.

The Cowsills were signed by Ed Sullivan for ten guest appearances on his television show, the group suddenly found itself in demand on the entertainment circuit, and its recording company cut their first album called simply "The Cowsills."

Reviewers praise their performance as a fresh new concept with sincere enthusism combing with talent in a family show put on by a family.

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