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34. The Cowsills were billed as 'America's First Family of Music' and were all
born in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Featuring Bill (b. January 9, 1948, guitar/vocals), Bob (b. August 26, 1949, guitar/vocals), Paul (b. November 11, 1952, bass/vocals), John (b. March 2, 1956, drums) and Susan (b. May 20, 1960, vocals), they came to attentions of writer/producter Artie Kornfeld who co-wrote and produced their debut single 'The Rain, The Park and Other Things' which reached No. 2 in the US charts in December 1967. Occasionally augmented by their mother Barbara (b. 1928, vocals), their happy, bouncy harmonies and family atmosphere inspired the NBC US television series The Partridge Family (Larkin, 1999, 315).