The Cowsills, family recording stars, appear tonight in concert at the McPherson College Brown Auditrium at 8:30 p.m.
Admission to the concert, sponsored by Student Council, is $3 in advance or $3.50 at the door.
"The Rain, The Park and Other Things," The Cowsills first million-seller of June, 1967, marked their entrance into national music consciousness.
It was hard work and lots of talent that brought the Cowsills from Halidon Hall, their run-down, 22-room mansion in Newport, R.I., no money, and little furniture to success in the hard business of hard rock.
But The Cowsills - Bob, Paul, John, Barry, Susan and parents Barbara and Bud - haven't let success effect their family unity that makes them a refreshing addition to the world of pop groups.
Bob started in on the guitar at seven, joining older brother Bill, and they performed as a duo; Barry reached seven and began on the bongos, later switching to bass guitar, having taught John a single drum beat which sparked him to become one of the best and youngest drummers in the U.S. today.
Paul only recently switched from the backstage to performing aspect of Cowsill life, debuting as keyboard man on The Cowsills' second million-seller, "Hair."
Barbara found herself conned into joining her progeny for "The Rain, The Park and Other Things;" and Susan convinced the boys to accept her as one of The Cowsills in time for the "We Can Fly" album.
Bill and Bob cut their teeth as recording producers on the "We Can Fly" single album, and Bob solo'd in the capacity for the first time on "The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine." He writes material which the group performs both in concert and on record.
Paul is now finding composing even more of a challenge than his previous passion, football. Bill, who no longer performs and records with the group, has become an independent producer.
The Cowsills, constantly on the move, recently made a big move, from their Rhode Island mansion, to a sprawling Spanish-style home in Santa Monice, Calif.
The Cowsills have appeared as many television shows including Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Operation Entertainment, Hollywood Palace, and others.
On Dec. 24 they will be featured on the Kraft Music Hall.