This week, Ira spoke with The Cowsills (Bob, Susan, and Paul), performing January 27 at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, the trio talk about the origins of the Cowsills name; why they recorded a new album, Rhythm Of the World, after waiting 30 years; why the group had such an impact in the 60’s; connecting with fans of multiple generations; and where they see themselves in pop music history.
Back in the 1960’s, four brothers who wanted to be The Beatles formed a band called The Cowsills. The original Cowsills consisted of Bill on guitar, Bob on guitar and organ, Barry on bass and John on drums. Early gigs were at school dances and churches around their home in Newport, Rhode Island. Eventually, as their harmonic sound was perfected, they got a regular gig on Bannisters Wharf in Newport where they would sing Beatle songs hour after hour. Early recordings were released by the four brothers on Joda and Mercury Records. Barbara (“mini-mom”) joined the group to record The Rain, The Park and Other Things and shortly thereafter 7 year old Susan and brother, Paul, were added to the group. They were signed by MGM records and the group began its climb to the top of the charts.