Billed as Americas First Family Of Music, the Cowsills originally featured Bill (William Joseph Cowsill Jnr., 9 January 1948, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, d. 17 February 2006, Canada; guitar/vocals), Bob (b. Robert Paul Cowsill, 26 August 1949, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA; guitar/vocals), Barry (b. 14 September 1954, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, d. 28 December 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; bass/vocals) and John (b. 2 March 1956, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; drums). The quartet recorded a single All I Really Want To Be Is Me for Johnny Nashs Joda Records label before coming to the attention of Mercury Records writer/producer Artie Kornfeld. The Cowsills recorded an album for Mercury but were dropped after failing to make a commercial impact. Kornfield stayed faithful to the group and co-wrote and produced their breakthrough hit, The Rain, The Park And Other Things, which reached number 2 in the US charts in December...
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