CLEARWATER – Celebrating the music of the 1960s, The Happy Together Tour is on the road again this summer and will make a stop in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
This year’s lineup will include The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer Paul Revere & The Raiders), The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills.
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Back in the 1960s, four brothers wanted to be The Beatles. Instead, they formed a band called The Cowsills.
Hailing from Rhode Island, the Cowsills brothers – Bill, Bob, Barry and John – showed an early interest in music. Bill and Bob taught themselves to play guitar while the brothers developed harmonized vocals. As children, they performed at school church dances. Later, they got a regular job on Bannisters Wharf in Newport.
By 1967, the band had grown to include siblings Susan and Paul as well as the children’s mother, Barbara. The Cowsills signed to MGM Records in 1967.
According to the group’s website, The Cowsills enjoyed great success during the late ’60s and early ’70s. The band appeared on television shows and even hosted their own TV special. When they were approached to do their own television series, they declined – but only because the producers had already signed an actress to play the mother. That series – partially inspired by The Cowsills – was “The Partridge Family.”
Currently, Bob, Paul and Susan continue to perform several shows per month as The Cowsills.