An optimist's answer to the generation gap - the Cowsills - sets its message on the G. Rollie White Coliseum stage Friday in the first Town Hall presentation of 1969-70.
The Cowsills family's A&M appearance begins at 8 p.m., announced Town Hall chairman Rex Stewart.
Barbara Cowsills heads the family entourage that is attracting patrons from throughout the Southwest. Ticket requests for the Town Hall performance have come from Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as Baytown, San Antonio and a number of other Texas cities.
Also starring with their mother are Bob, 20, Paul, 17, Barry, 15, Johnny, 13 and Susan 10.
The popular group made a TV special last November, has appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show about as many times as there are family members and has been minting a number of hit tunes.
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles" is currently in the top 100. The Cowsills family hooked the recording brass ring with "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," its first million seller, "Indian Lake," one of 12 selections on "The Cowsills" album, was a smash hit.
The group that plays and sings folk music, folk rock and popular standards had its foundations for success laid years ago when Bud, the family head, who served 20 years with the Navy, started coming home from various ports of call carrying musical instruments as gifts for his children.
When he retired from the Navy in 1963 the youngsters were performing for church benefits and parties and headed toward professional status. Bud decided to help, signed a recording contract and the first disc, "Most of All," was cut.
It caused ripples, but no waves.
Bud tried harder for his family, borrowed a total of $100,000 to promote his kids and met only moderate success until, late in 1967 when they were almost on the ropes, "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," went over.
The touring family also does "What the World Needs Now," "Consider Yourself," "A Doodlin' Song" and a best-seller, "We Can Fly."