All the way from the sweet and haunting “Anyone Who Had a Heart” on through the rocking “Reach Out” the Cowsills really “had their way” and tore the house down during their concert Friday at the McMorran Arena
The Cowsills, a family group from Newport, R.I., consisting, of Mom, Barbara, and her children, Bill (20), Bob (18), Barry (14), John (12), and Susan (9), have a sound that is distinctly their own.
This self-taught group has been in existence for more than five years, but only recently have they achieved national fame.
Encouraged by their father a retired naval officer, Bud Cowsill, the Cowsills belted their way to fame with television appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson’s shows, and with several hit recordings.
The Cowsills admit that fame rally hasn’t changed their lives, except for mom Cowsill who is no longer permitted to do her own housework.
The children attend a professional children’s school, and work thorough correspondence while on tour. Bob is attending Pace University, a business school in New York City.
Bill and Bob Cowsill are the songwriters and producers of the group. They have written half of the songs on their first album and the majority of those on their second.
A rendition Friday night of “To Sir With Love” by Susan, the youngest member of the group brought cheers from the crowd.
One of the features of the first half of their concert was a medley of hit songs called “Down Memory lane.” This featured many Beatle, Herman’s Hermits, and Beach Boy songs. The group also sang special numbers for the “older teenagers.”
After this concert, the Cowsills traveled to Akron. Future plans include an appearance on the Kraft Music Hall and a trip to New York for a recording session. This summer they plan to perform at many state fairs across the country, to visit Hawaii and the Philippines, and to tour Europe for the second time.