Dick: One of first big singing families in rock and roll, as a matter of fact they were selling records while the Osmonds were still on the Andy Williams show, was The Cowsills. They started working together in 1958 as a folk group and they added a couple brothers and sister, electrical instruments in about 1962. Now this is Paul Cowsill.
Paul: None of this was really planned. It was planned by us, I guess, because we wanted the gear, and my father is the kind of person that would say, “Well if you want it, OK.” We ask for Silvertone – remember Silverton amps – from Sears and Vox and this and that. So we bought about $100,000 worth of this electronic equipment, organs and stuff like this. And my father was in the Navy, you know, and he was moonlighting managing this kind of fry / french fry place or something like that. And we got so far in debt that we had to hit the colleges. So we would go up to Brown University, set up in their courtyard during the spring, and start playing. And we played for three hours straight. My father would go around handing out these cards. The Cowsills – Play For Any Occasion. Weddings, birthdays, you know, get-togethers and stuff like this. We just got tons and tons – people calling in “Hey we got a frat party going on and we’d like you to come out to our group weekends,” you know. So we’d tromp in there and we played.