Hailing from Newport, The Cowsills announced today that a new album is on the way, their first in over 30 years. rhythm of the world will be released on September 30 on Omnivore Recordings. The group is scheduled to make a Rhode Island stop at the Park Theater in Cranston on October 22 when they join the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame All Stars. Ticket information here.
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Beginning in 1965 as a regional act from Newport, Rhode Island, The Cowsills, made up of six siblings, was “founded” by Joda Records owners Danny Sims and reggae/pop singer Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”), with whom they recorded a handful of singles before signing to MGM Records in 1967.
At this point, the group’s mother, Barbara, and younger sister Susan joined in the act and they received a gold disc at over a million sold copies of their very first single for MGM, the sublime, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things”. This began a string of chart records that dominated the Top 40 for the next three years. Classic Cowsills recordings include “We Can Fly”, “Indian Lake”, “Hair” (from the rock musical Hair) and “Love American Style” (the theme song from the popular ABC-TV show of the same name) .
The group recorded and charted with five hit albums during this period. They published their own comic strip in 1968, and their story even inspired the popular 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family. They remained a thriving tourist attraction until 1972.
In 2011, SHOWTIME released the documentary Family Band: The Cowsills Story by Louise Palanker, which chronicles their rise and fall from stardom. Now, nearly 30 years after their last recordings as a band, The Cowsills return with new music for the new world!
“When we decided to record an album, since we had written 11 songs, we launched a donation campaign with Pledge Music, defined our goal and took the path of financing”, explains Bob Cowsill about the creation of the album. ‘album. “Pledge Music went bankrupt with everyone’s money and nobody got a dime.
At the same time, Dr. Rock Positano, who has become our executive producer, stands on Gull Rock Island in Newport, Rhode Island, staring at the white church steeple we all know so well there and says to his assistant: “I have to get my hands on the Cowsills. Rock came into our lives, and he supported us, our campaign, our music, our family band, and said, ‘I’m here to win.’ With that, we embarked on a great new relationship and haven’t looked back since.
“With a few exceptions, we co-wrote all 11 Rhythm Of The World songs on our ‘Happy Together’ summer tour. We wrote them in our hotel rooms on our tour bus and in our lodges. From Howard Kaylan’s (The Turtles) exuberant plea with the audience each night of the tour, inspiring us to “Ya Gotta Get Up!” to ‘Katrina’ (the first-person account of our brother Barry’s death during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) and all the songs in between, we use melody and harmony to bring some love and hope for peace in the world.
Frank Filipetti was our mixing engineer and Greg Calbi mastered him (Rock does) so these songs have passed through the hands and ears of two of the best. Gail Marowitz and Danny Clinch teamed up for stunning cover and packaging and with the Omnivore BlessingWorld Rhythm is now ready for prime time! We are thrilled to be here to claim our heritage and share our music!!!”
The Cowsills will wrap up the Happy Together tour (along with The Turtles, The Association, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap and the Vogues) at the end of the month, with their own headlining show due Sept. 10 at The Cutting Room in New York City.
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/QDG0mt4vBTw