The Cowsills are very much like the family next door, with one big exception: They are very much in demand as recording artists and concert performers.
This popular family, who has found a special niche in the performing world with their own special brand of folk-rock music that seemingly pleases everyone from teeny bopper to granddad, will perform at Emeus Auditorium on Saturday Sept 27.
Their concert is at 8 p.m. and follows the Ball State-Butler football game.
The Cowsills new release on the MGM Records’ label is out now – this week. On one side is the theme for “Love, American Style,” the new ABC-TV series which debuts on the network Sept. 22.
“Love, American Style” theme marks the first time a top 40 record artist has been signed to sing the title song for a television series.
June 1967 marked the public explosion of the Cowsills into the national musical conscience with their first MGM album, “The Cowsill.” This platter contained the group’s first million-seller, “The Rain, the Park and Other Things.”
MGM put on a heavy campaign to convince the public that with a name like the Cowsills this gay family of mom and dad, brothers Bob, Paul, John and Barry, and sister Susan could be really good. And as a pop group they were an immediate success despite the last name.
All of the Cowsills, with the exception of Susan, will be a Emens Auditorium to perform. A little thing called “school” has sent her back to California to hit the books.
The Cowsills have recorded six albums since their initial one. These include “The Cowsills – We Can Fly,” “The Cowsills – Captain Sand and His Ship Of Fools, “ “The Best of the Cowsills,” “The Cowsills in Concert” and “The Cowsills in Concert II.”
They have done rather well in front of the television camera, appearing on such shows as the Dick Cavett and Johnny Cash shows, Hollywood Palace, Kraft Music Hall, an NBC-TV special called “The Wonderful World of Pizazz,” a Timex special starring the Cowsills called “A Family Thing.”
They have also appeared with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Jonathan Winters.
Tickets for the Cowsills pop concert will go on sale Monday at the Emens Auditorium box office. The box office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Their pop concert is sponsored by the Student Auditorium Advisory Committee with profits going to the Ball State Student Foundation for scholarships and loans.