The feuding Monkees may receive some still competition in the future from the Cowsills, a new family group which falls in the same musical "bag" ask the Monks.
The Cowsills consist of four brothers and a sister, and are managed by two other brothers and their father. The father put the group together about a year ago, but he soon found the family act wasn't an overnight sensation.
Refusing to give up on his idea, Father Cowsill set up strict rehearsal schedules for the group and arranged tours throughout the country. His lucky break came earlier this year when MGM Records signed them to a long-term contract.
The group is now "in the money" with a song called "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" which should sell close to a million copies. The group has also made an album for MGM.
Now comes word that Ed. Sullivan has signed the Cowsills for 10 appearances on his television show over the next two years. Sullivan's producer, Bob Precht, explains the group has "family appeal and a contemporary sound" and he considers it one of the most promising musical groups in years.