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Randy Erickson: Singing the praises of '67's songs
May 26, 2017
LaCrosse Tribune
Lacrosse, Wisconsin

I can picture music columnists rejoicing 30 years ago, especially if their columns came out on June 1. They had a built-in intro, a quote from one of the most iconic album-opening songs: “It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play …” It almost writes itself.

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The song that might evoke that year best for me, the one that sounds the most to me like the Summer of Love, so of that time, is “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” by The Cowsills. I remember them performing the song on TV and how cool it was to see a kid my age — Susan Cowsill — on the television. That song had so many hooks — the cascading harp notes, the pulsing organ during the verse, the joyful “I love the flower girl” chorus, and SUSAN COWSILL.

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