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‘Barefoot in the Park’ to grace Russell stage next Month
July 16, 2018
Union Recorder
Milledgeville, Georgia

This week’s words of wisdom opened with lyrics from “The Rain, the Park, and Other Things,” which was recorded by the Cowsills back in 1967.

The Cowsills were a singing group from Newport, Rhode Island. It eventually included six siblings along with their mother.

Though the group was rarely taken seriously by the emerging underground rock press, they scored several hits including “We Can Fly” and “Indian Lake.”

One of their biggest hits was their version of the title song from the rock musical “Hair.” It seemed ironic to many that a band that was sort of pigeon-holed as a wholesome, family-type band would have a huge hit with the theme to the classic production of the counter culture era.

“The Rain, the Park, and Other Things” was their first top-10 hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard charts. And it’s sweet, beautiful lyrics just seemed to capture the up side to the summer of ‘67.

“...I love the flower girl. Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye. I love the flower girl. She seemed so sweet and kind, she crept into my mind.”

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