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Happy Together Tour
August 10, 2017
The Times
Munster, Indiana


The Cowsills are still enjoying their stint on one of the most popular tours traveling the country.

“Every time we get to come back on this tour, it’s just a joy,” said Paul Cowsill during a recent phone interview.

The tour, which stops at Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino on Friday, is named after The Turtles’ smash hit “Happy Together.” The tour was started eight years ago by Turtles Flo (Mark Volman) and Eddie (Howard Kaylan).

The Happy Together Tour annually has brought together groups from the ‘60s to perform on a multi-bill performance roster. Most of the groups change on the roster except for The Turtles, who perform every year. Some bands, however, have enjoyed repeat performances.

Cowsill, who performs with his brother Bob and sister Susan for The Happy Together Tour gig, said they’ve been on the tour twice before. The Cowsills is the first group to perform on the Happy Together Tour three times.

“Bob Susan and I are having the time of our lives,” he said. “It’s great to be working with Howard and mark and the bands they’ve put together this year. The bands are killing it,” he said , about all the enthusiastic performances.

In addition to The Cowsills, this year’s lineup stars The Association; Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; The Box Tops; and The Archies’ Ron Dante. The show will also be performed at the Indiana State Fair on Aug 14; Fort Wayne on Aug 23; The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois on Aug 24 and The Paramont Theatre in Aurora, Illinois on Aug 25.

Cowsill, 65, said all the bands on this particular tour are getting along very well and are like family.

Among songs fans will hear at the show are “The Rain, The Park & Other Things,” “Indian lake” and the theme from “Hair” from The Cowsills. And expect tunes such as “She’s Rather Be With Me,” “Eleanore,” and others from The Turtles, “Cherish” and “Windy” from The Association and “Joy to the World,” “One,” and more from Chuck Negron. The Box Tops will deliver “The letter,” “Soul Deep” and other songs while Ron Dante will, no doubt, sweeten his set with “Sugar, Sugar” and other Archies favorites.

“We’re all humbled by the audiences still coming out (to see us),” Cowsill said, adding he thinks the ‘60s was an “interesting and incredible” time for music. The songs, he said, are special to fans and they allow people to go back in time and also stir up memories.

The Cowsills life was recently documented in the documentary, “Family Band: The Cowsills Story.” The siblings along with their mother, became a family band in the 1960s in Rhode Island.

The television show “The Partridge Family” was patterned after The Cowsills. The group featured siblings Bill, Bob, Barry, John, Susan, Paul and their mother Barbara. Their brother Richard served as their road manager (Mother Barbara, their father Bud and brothers Bill, Barry and Richard are deceased.)

Cowsill said not only are the performances fun for them but meeting fans in the different towns along the way is always nice. While they’ve been touring Cowsill said he and his siblings have been discussing ideas for new material and projects.

“We’re all talking about making one last Cowsills album,” he said.

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