Trenton – A sock-it-to-me finish for the 1968 New Jersey State Fair is assured by the coming of the Cowsills – six singing, swinging brothers, a sister, a mother and a father.
The musical family will be in Trenton to add to the gala activity on closing day, Sunday, The Cowsills will present a free grandstand performance at 7:30 p.m.
The Cowsills offer a distinctive mixture of family wholesomeness with songs which range from “hard rock” and “hot soul” through country and western to folk music. They have won their following with hits like “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” “We Can Fly” and their newest, “Indian Lake” now a top ten seller.
The singing Cowsill children range from nine to 20. Father Bud, an ex-Navy man, is general manager and Dick, a twin, is road manager. The elder two sons Bill and Bob collaborate both as song writers and as producers. Most members of the clan play instruments, too.
Frequent guest on top-rated television shows, they have become recording favorites.
And they are a long way from the days when they fought off mortgage foreclosure on their old 22-room house in Newport, Rhode island – and chopped up furniture for firewood.