Gary: You guys have a big event happening tonight
Bob: Tonight's the night
Bob: It's gonna it's gonna be alright
Gary: Cowsills Documentary at the Paley's Center for Media in Beverly Hills. That's very chi chi
Susan: Is it chi chi?
Paul: It's very chi chi
Susan: Do I need to go buy something to wear?
Gary: Susan well ... you're not wearing that, are you?
Bob: That's why we love radio
Susan: I'm wearing it today but I got ...
Paul: That's not nice
Gary: Now can people come in and see this?
Gary: Family Band: The Cowsills Story that is tonight at 7 o'clock at the Paley's Center for Media. That is in Beverly Hills and
Bob: It's down on little San .. It's by Santa Monica and Beverly Blvd. umm
Paul: We want you to come out
Bob: 7 o'clock. It opens at 6, starts at 7. We're going to have the movie. We're going to have meet and greets. We're going to have performances. We're going to have a reception ...
Susan: We're going to have graham crackers and orange juice
Bob: ... on the roof. Graham crackers and orange juice.
Bob: It's going to be a lot. And you can hear all the story of our little life and how it went.
Gary: Now Paul did you guys do this yourselves? Did you produce this movie yourself or did somebody come and do a doc on your guys?
Paul: I'm going to tell you something. Louise Palanker who is the producer of this thing was hearing that my brother Bob was playing down the road. He plays all over the valley and has for 25 years. (guitar strums) Yea, there he is. And she
Susan: El cabong
Paul: ...started pursuing this thing. 6 years ago, guys? Help me out.
Susan: 6 or 7
Paul: Was it 8?
Susan: 8 Yeah, it's been a long time.
Bob: 8 years ago
Paul: 8 years ago. We were reluctant, honestly, to tell you the truth. We were so
Richard: I would guess so, 8 years
Susan: Yeah, right
Paul: And even before that, so we reluctant to even get the story out there. But now we're really happy that it is out there, you know. People thought of us as this, you know, family band. Goodie two-shoes.
Paul: ... kind of thing. and no family is like that.
Susan: I was goodie two shoes.
Gary: That's true. Well Susan, I'm asking the question just so you can take a drink here, uh, Susan, did they get footage of the shows and do all that stuff?
Susan: Oh yeah. We got all kinds of, you know, Ed Sullivan, ummm
Paul: Mike Douglas
Susan: Our TV special that we did
Richard: Johnny Cash
Richard: Ed Sullivan
Gary: Wait a minute. Richard, did you sing with the family band back in the day?
Richard: No, I did most of my singing from the Senate
Gary: Oh really, OK
Paul: And we'll move on
Gary: Moving right on from there
Paul: Let's keep the government out of this
Gary: Bob, I gotta ... let me ask you this because ..
Bob: Bob I'm here.
Gary: .. because one of the legends of the Cowsills. The fact that they were going to do ... The Partridge Family was supposed to be The Cowsills.
Bob: It was.
Gary: And part of the legend is that your Dad made somebody upset in Las Vegas. Somebody with maybe a broken nose. Is that... I got to ask you that question.
Susan: I think that got left out of the doc
Bob: No, I think
Susan: We need to go back in
Bob: I think we have a couple of stories cris-crossed in each other.
Paul: Yes Bring the truth
Bob: The Partridge Family is focused really on Shirley Jones because our Dad, when he found out that Shirley Jones was going to be the mother, was not going to let us do that show anyway.
Gary: Oh, so you were suppose to be the band and Shirley Jones was suppose to be your mother.
Susan: We were suppose to be The Cowsills, but not with our Mom.
Paul: It was going to be Shirley Jones and The Cowsills, I remember there was ...
Gary: Oh I see
Bob: Now once they met us, they didn't want us anyway.
Susan: They wanted me
Bob: They wanted Susan. They thought about Richard because they knew he couldn't sing and he could lip-synch real good on TV, so they were going to take him, but ..
Susan: He was going to be David Cassidy
Bob: Yeah, Richard Cassidy, but you know
Richard: Funny guy, my twin brother
Bob: We were old and pimply by then
Richard: Knocking my twin brother knocking - what did you call it?
Richard: Lip-synch. This great music thing started with lip-synch.
Susan: Thank you very much On Bandstand, you're right Rich.
Bob: Now the Vegas story. That was Bill and my Dad getting into it. And our older brother Billy, who has passed away since then, look, look, this movie tells a lot about our Dad. And the first version that we had, that we got rid of, it was all about our Dad. He could probably out Jackson, Mr. Jackson and out Murray, Mr. Murray of the Beach Boys. And so that's all a part of it too. So ..
Susan: He can get his own movie later. This is about the band.
Bob: So you
Gary: Yeah I got you.
Bob: Daddy Dearest will be a CBS movie of the week, I'm sure.
Gary: I got to ask you something because I know a couple of families with child actors who are doing well right now and getting work. But, in both cases, they pulled them out of school and home-schooled them. And just took them out and marched them to audition after audition after audition. Was that your life as a kid?
Susan: No ...
Richard: No school
Susan: Not, there was no school, but
Bob: We are not educated.
Susan: But we weren't marched anywhere. I mean we were a band and we wanted to be a band.
Gary: You really wanted to be a band.
Susan: Absolutely and to Dad's credit, he facilitated that. That was one of the good things he did.
Gary: So it kind of happened organically, like the Wilson brother did.
Susan: Yeah, but no school
Gary: No school
Susan: And we weren't home schooled, unless you called passing your notebook around to the older brother to fill it in ...
Gary: Now wait a minute.
Susan: .. home schooling.
Gary: Now wait a minute
Paul: That's out of four years of high school ...
Susan: You go to Hollywood Professional School and that's how you did it.
Gary: So you weren't illegal but ...
Paul: No but we were
Richard: No, we're white people
Paul: My absent - I had 37 days total in high school of all 4 years.
Bob: Wow, really?
Susan: And I went - first grade was one full year and ninth grade was a full year
Susan: and all the in-betweens was just, you know, catch as catch can.
Bob: Yeah they can't
Susan: I still can't divide.
Bob: They can't divide.
Paul: I can
Bob: Can you divide?
Paul: Yes I'm really good at math
Susan: Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. I know that.
Bob: Susan came out of an education with something.
Gary: We have a bottle of that right here.
Paul: Yeah baby
Gary: So there you were having big hits and almost a TV show, except Shirley Jones, or you Dad didn't want her. Who wouldn't want Shirley Jones to be their mother?
Paul: And I want her to be my ... I don't want her to be my mother..
Bob: You wanted her to be your wife
Paul: Yeah I wanted to take her out!! Out of my way, Jack.
Gary: She's still pretty dog-gone cute, I got to admit.
Paul: Florence Henderson is too.
Susan: Hold on. Let's not go there.
Susan: She was hitting on Paul
Gary: This is a great story. OK so people have got to come and see Family Band: The Cowsills Story 7 o'clock tonight Paley's Center for the Media in Beverly Hills
Gary: A chi chi event, but they can be nice casual, right?
Paul: Yes, nice casual
Susan: What do they call that? Dressy casual
Gary: What's that?
Susan: Dressy casual
Gary: Dressy casual
Bob: Dressy casual
Richard: All I know is that I'm agreeing to the clothes of the road
Susan: The clothes of the road
Richard: and I'll be there. Alright
Bob: OK good
Gary: Would you favor us with a rendition
Gary: of your biggest hit
Gary: from the rock musical, the title song
Richard: And only one person got naked.
Bob (singing): I was leaving and right in the middle of a --- Oh that's The Partridge Family. I'm sorry
Paul: We do that one
Bob: We do want to announce on your show Gary that we have taken over "I Think I Love You" by the Partridge Family as our fifth hit.
Bob: Because they
Paul: Come out on the road. We do it in our show, on the road. We're playing all the time and here we go.
Singing: She ask him why
Bob: Oh I love that.
Susan: Very nice gang
Singing: song Hair