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Westmar students' holiday special for Le Mars is concert by Cowsills
December 10, 1969
Lemars Daily Sentinel
Lemars, Iowa


The Cowsills will present a concert in the Westmar gym at 8 p.m. Monday, December 15. The concert will provide two hours of family entertainment. The Cowsills (from left) are Paul, John, Susan and Barry. Their brother, Bob, and mother, Mrs. Barbara Cowsill, are in back. Advance tickets for the concert are available at Bowers Clothing, Kelly's Young Villager and the office of Thoma S. Stone, Westmar dean of students.

The Associate Students of Westmar college will sponsor in LeMars a special holiday performance by the Cowsills, internationally known MGM recording group.

The appearance of the Cowsills will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Westmar gym.

Keith Sheffield, Westmar senior from Sutton, Neb., explained that Westmar students are sponsoring this international music group for the enjoyment of LeMars residents as well as Westmar students.

“The Cowsills are an outstanding group who have won overwhelming acceptance in the contemporary music field,” Sheffield said. “We are pleased to be able to present this ‘big name’ group on the Westmar campus.”

As a family enterprise, the Cowsills have proven itself consistently surprising to everyone but themselves as top ten artists.

June 1967 marked the explosion of the Cowsills – Bob, Paul, John, Barry, and Susan, and parents Barbara and Bud – into the national musical consciousness with their first MGM album, “The Cowsills,” which contained the group’s first million-seller, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things.”

Bob started in on the guitar at seven, joining older brother Bill, and they performed as a duo; Barry reached seven and learned the bongos.

Later he switched to bass guitar, having taught John a single drum beat which sparked him to become the best (and youngest) drummer in the U.S. today.

Paul only recently switched from the backstage to the 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, who now no longer performs and records with the group, has become an independent record producer.

The tickets are $3 in advance and $3.50 at the door.

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