Most Of All 45 by The Cowsills

December 16, 2011

The Cowsills are best remembered for their series of late 1960s pop hits which featured mother Barbara and young sister Susan.

They began their career as a more traditional rock band with brothers Bill, Bob, Barry, and John playing a lead and rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. Spotted playing in Newport, Rhode island, they were invited to perform on THE TODAY SHOW. This led to a contract with the Mercury label and a single released on the Philips label.

“Most Of All” was released during 1966 and bubbled under on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart when it reached number 118.

It was a catchy pop song that deserved more. Philips responded by not re-newing their contract. It all ended well for The Cowsills as their next release was “The Rain, The Park, And Other Things,” which would reach number two.

All I Really Wanna Be Is Me 45 by The Cowsills

November 19, 2010

Everyone has ro start somewhere and The Cowsills started on the small Jada Label.

The five Cowsill brothers, Bill, Bob, Paul, Barry, John, their sister Susan, and mother Barbara were a light pop/rock group from Newport Rhode Island who produced such catchy hits as “The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” “Indian Lake,” “We Can Fly,” and a cover of “Hair.” The Partridge Family Televison program used the family as the original idea for the show.

Before their string of late sixties hits they released their first single on the old Jada label. It remains an obscure Cowsills and sixties collectable today.

Hair 45 by The Cowsills

November 12, 2010

The Cowsills were a family band from Newport, Rhode Island consisting of six siblings and their mother. They placed eight songs on The American singles chart 1967-1969. They are best remembered for “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” which reached number two for two weeks during 1967.

Their only other top five hit also reached number number two for two weeks. Their cover of the title song from the hit Broadway musical HAIR was a big hit for the group during early 1969.

It may have been a pop presentation but they got the harmonies just right. One of the better concotions from this late sixties light rock band.

On The Floor Of Heaven: Deluxe Edition by The Blue Shadows

October 1, 2010

The Blue Shadows, a Canadian group fronted by a former American pop star, were one of those bands who produced some excellent music during their career and then quietly disappeared.

That American pop star, Bill Cowsill, was a founding member of the sixties group that bears his last name. He along with siblings Bob, Barry, John, Susan, and their mother Barbara performed as the Cowsills and released a string of singles that reached the American charts. Bill sang the lead on their memorable number two hit “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” Incidentally, The Partridge Family was patterned after the Cowsill family.

By the mid-eighties the Cowsills were long gone and Bill Cowsill had relocated from Newport, Rhode Island to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was now fronting the Blue Shadows, an alternative country band with Canadian roots rocker Jeffrey Hatcher, drummer J.B. Johnson, and bassist Elmar Spanier, who was later replaced by Barry Muir.

The group’s first album, On The Floor Of Heaven, released in 1993, was never issued in the U.S. and is a lost gem. The music can best be described as the Everly Brothers meet Gram Parsons. The harmonies of Cowsill and Hatcher will make you ache and the fusion of country/rock is both catchy and memorable.

The album has finally been released south of the border as a deluxe edition. In addition to the original twelve tracks there is also a second bonus disc with a dozen more songs that have been in the vault since their creation. While Cowsill and Hatcher wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on the original release, here there are a number of covers such as Joni Mitchell’s “Raised On Robbery” and Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December.” The bonus performances may not be of the same overall quality as the original dozen but they are nevertheless a fine addition.

The Blue Shadows would only release one more album, 1995’s Lucky To Me, before breaking up. Sadly, Bill Cowsill passed away February 17, 2006.

On The Floor Of Heaven is a lost gem which has resurfaced after being unavailable almost since its release. Don’t let it get away a second time.

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