The Cowsill Family returned this week from a national public relations tour and an appearance Sunday on the Ed Sullivan show to perform last night at a welcome home party at Dorians.
During the five-hour performance attend by Mayor Alofsin, Councilmen Daniel J. McCarthy and David N. Fenton and several hundred friends and fans of the recording family, Bill Cowsill announced their single record "The Rain, The Park and Other Things," had become the No. 4 song in the nation according to a survey by Record World Magazine.
Barbara, Susan, Dick, Paul, Barry, John, Bob, Bill and Bud Cowsill will leave their unfurnished but stately home, Halidon Hall, tomorrow for New York, where they will live for the next few months.
"Our recording contracts and concert commitments make it necessary for us to be in the city," Bud said. "We hate to leave Newport, but it won't be for good. Our house will always be here."
We've taken a small apartment in Manhattan, but hope to be moving into a larger place soon," Mrs. Cowsill said. "The younger children will attend the Professional Children's School, attended by numerous show business children. Bob will enroll at New York University and Bill will attend Pace College."
Highlight of the family's 23-day, 23-city tour was an eight-minute segment on last Sunday's Ed Sullivan Show.
"The first 20 seconds of our song was silent," Bill said. "Some guy in the control room yanked out the master audio switch by mistake. All our mikes and speakers went. I must say I was pretty shaken, but what could we do. We just kept singing like nothing had happen."
The Cowsills are the only act to sign a 10-show contract with Sullivan in his 20-year television history.
"The Beatles signed for six shows with Ed, and they are probably the biggest group of the decade," Bud said. "We feel pretty proud."
The recording part of the family, consisting of Barbara, Bill, 19, Bob, 18, Barry, 13, John, 11, and Susan, 8, will appear on Sullivan's Christmas special Dec. 24.
The Cowsills will make their last Newport appearance for several months tonight at the Popaeral Exposition Hall on Bellevue Terrace.