The Cowsills, new vocal and instrumental group whose recording of “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” is climbing the best-seller charts, have been signed to an exclusive two-year television contract for 10 performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Sundays, (8-9 p.m. Ch. 5), in color on the CBS television network. Four of the appearances will be this season, the first on October 29.
The Cowsills are a family consisting of Barbara and Bud Cowsill – a retired U.S. navy Petty Officer – and their seven children Barbara, the mother, Bill, 19, Bob, 18, Barry, 11, John, 10, and Susan, 8, are the performers – Bud, the Father, Dick, 18, Bob’s twin, and Paul, 16, work behind the scenes.
“We consider the Cowsills one of the most promising musical groups to come along in some time,” said producer Bob Precht. “They have an exciting contemporary sound as well as family appeal.”