LYNN — The flower power ’60s came alive Saturday night, as a near-capacity crowd packed Lynn Auditorium to journey back to the young and innocent days when 45 rpm records ruled.
The groovy Happy Together Tour — named after The Turtles’ hit single — brings together six acts from the era when pop music thrilled and took our minds off of the raging war in Vietnam.
Backed by the same four-piece touring band, The Turtles, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett (the Union Gap), The Association, Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) and The Cowsills each performed short sets of their best-loved tunes.
It’s likely that most of the songs performed were in the record collections of audience members.
The Cowsills opened the night with a terrific set of their harmony-rich pop hits from the Summer of Love. Brothers Bob and Paul and sister Susan, a relative pup at age 59, thrilled with silly banter and lively versions of “The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” “Indian Lake” and the theme of TV’s “Love American Style.” The Newport, R.I., natives were in great voice during their bubblegum pop take on “Hair” from the Broadway hit musical, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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