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Homecoming '69 Activities Begin
October 27, 1969
Daily Universe
Provo, Utah

The Cowsills will appear Thursday night at the Homecoming ’69 concert. Appearing on the same program with the Cowsills will be a contemporary group known as The Carnival. The Cowsills have two gold records to their credit. Tickets are now on sale.

Homecoming 1969 is finally here. And with it comes the “Image of an Era” – an era of revering traditions of the past and expanding traditions for the future.

Kicking off the celebrations for this week’s extravaganza will be the annual Homecoming Assembly on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. Written by Ralene Gerrard and Steve Hunlow, the production will feature “Alice” and her unfortunate adventures in “BYU-land.” Homecoming Queen Joyce Johnson and her attendants Connie Jorgensen and Janet Murri will be introduced at the conclusion of the presentation.

With a variety of other activities planned throughout the week, one of the Homecoming highlights will be the concert Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Featuring the Cowsills and the Carnival, the concert will cost $1.75 for general seating and $2 for green and playing floor seats.


Tickets for the concert and the Homecoming dance to be Friday night go on sale today in the Wilkinson Center ticket office.

The Cowsills, a family that plays, sings and makes money together, entered the national music scene in 1967 with a gold record entitled, “The Rain, Park, and Other Things.” A second hit record, “We Can Fly,” established them as more than a novelty act and made them one of the most sought-after groups on the concert circuit.

The Cowsill’s melodic psychedelic sound appealed to youthful listeners while the “family organization” made fans of the over-30 generation.

Literal creators for the Cowsills are Bud and Barbara Cowsill, who placed musical instruments in their children’s hands at an early age. For the first part of the Cowsill’s career, “mom” directed the group, from backstage. Soon, however, one of the children had talked her into joining the on-stage group.

The actual on-stage performers now include Bob and Dick, 20-year-old twin brothers; Paul, 16; Barry, 15; John, 13; ten-year-old Susan, and their mother Barbara.

Recently playing for capacity audiences at the Utah State Fair, the Cowsills have also appeared in two television specials and on numerous shows like Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Jonathan Winters, and Johnny Cash.

The other hit records include “Indian lake,” “Poor Baby,” “The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine,” and “Hair,” their second gold record.

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