How can anyone not love The Cowsills? Their harmonies are off the hook and they had great, catchy hits. Even the more obscure songs are fantastic if you buy all their records and CDs, there’s so much to enjoy. Though they’re best known for “Hair,” “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” and “Love American Style.” They’re the real family band The Partridge Family was emulated after.
Last night was the first time my husband and I saw them perform. They hit the stage and I heard the first note of “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” and like a big mush, tears fell from my eyes. It’s a beautiful, happy song and after hearing it since I was a little girl, to see the people who did it performing right before me — and so perfectly too — it was absolutely surreal!
Original members included: Susan, Paul and Bob Cowsill. Other members: Ryan Cowsill on keyboard, Brendon Cowsill on guitar and Robby Scharf on bass.
After the show I was able to get the set list, so here it is:
The Rain, The Park and Other Things
You Were On My Mind
Most of All
You In My Mind
Just Believe It
Be My Baby
We Can Fly
Indian Lake (Note: at this point they invited the children up on stage, it was absolutely precious).
Puff the Magic Dragon
If I Had My Way
River of Love
Love American Style (By now, I was hanging at the stage front, singing along with the band and dancing!)
I Think I Love You (Written by Tony Romeo, who also wrote their song “Indian Lake” and many other great songs, including songs by another favorite of mine — Lou Christie!)
Hair (Hearing this legendary song live blew my mind! All the years I imagined dancing to it at a night club, now I got to dance to The Cowsills performing it right in front of me!)
After “Hair” they came out and did “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” as an encore, then had a meet and great. I had them sign my set list. They were very nice people. It was an honor and I’m still high the next day!
I love that Bob wrote “Thank You!” – Doesn’t get more real than that!