(aka Cowsill.com's FAQ)
This is a great place to start if you're new to
Cowsill.com. We seem to be asked the same questions over and over again
so we've tried to answer them here.
If you don't find your question answered here or in the
other pages to which you are directed, please head over to Ask
The Cowsills and ask us directly.
The 60's Through The 80's:
- Are any of the old Cowsill LPs on CD? Where can I
- If something isn't available on CD, do you have
copies of your old LPs for sale?
- Where can I get more information about the music
you've released through the years?
- Where can I find the lyrics to <fill in the
name of the song>?
- Is it true you were on <fill in the name of the
- Are there videos available of your old TV show
appearances? Where can I get them?
- Where can I buy Global? Is it available at my
local record store?
- How many copies of Global have been sold?
- Are there any plans for videos of the songs
The 90's & Beyond:
- Do The Cowsills really answer the
questions on the Ask The Cowsills board?
- What's happening with Bill? or Bob? or Rich? or
Paul? or Barry? or John? or Susan?
- I want more information on The Cowsills and
their families. Where can I get it?
- Where can I see current pictures of The
- When will The Cowsills be coming to <fill in
the name of your town> on tour?
- I have heard that there is a drive to get
The Cowsills inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What is
happening with that?
The 60's Through The 80's
Yes, some of the "old" LPs have been released on CD. Check
the CD Discography page to see
what's available on CD. If you're interested in buying any of the older
LPs on CD, you can get them from many on-line and regular music stores.
Sorry, we do not have copies of the old LPs for sale. Feel free to
post a message on the Message Board asking
about LPs for sale. Quite often other fans have extra LPs or 45s they
are willing to sell or trade. Also, there are used record dealers
on-line and in the "real world" that may have copies of the
LPs. Good luck in your search.
There is a complete (or as complete as we know) Discography
on this site. Read through this and we're sure you'll find the
information that you're looking for! We are continuing to add lyrics and
additional sound bites to this area of the site.
You can find the lyrics to many of our older songs in the Discography.
Click on any LP or CD and you'll see a list of songs. If the song is
"clickable", then you'll see the lyrics. We are continuing to
add lyrics to the Discography so if the song you want isn't there, check
back at a later date.
If you're looking for the lyrics
to Global, you can find them over at Robin Records.
A complete list (okay, what we remember anyway) of our TV Appearances
is available on the TV Shows page.
The only commercially available videos from our TV appearances (that
we know about) are on a tape called "A Classic Christmas From
The Ed Sullivan Show" distributed by Buena Vista Home Video
and on the Music Scene - Vol. 7 video. You can try to find them
on-line at places like Amazon.com.
This is another item that you might want to post a question about on the
Message Board. There may be fans with video
they are willing to trade ... especially if you have some rare footage,
too! Also available at one point was Mulqueen's Kiddie-A-Go-Go
from the Museum
of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
At this time, the CD is only
available on our web site. If and when,
Global is available through stores, we'll let you know right here!
The first time he was asked about Global sales Bob jokingly replied
"Global was shipped triple-platinum and should reach the
one-billion mark by tonight at 10 o'clock PST."
But seriously, our current focus is not to "sell" Global
but more to promote it. This is a long-range plan which hopefully will
result in "Global" becoming the biggest seller we ever had.
However, we've chosen a path that points to the long-run, not the
short-run so the "sales" issue is a non-issue at this time.
It's selling consistently in line with the marketing and promotion
that's taken place so far.
No "Global" videos are in the works although we've seen a
video of our show at the Roxy with the Smithereens and we did perform 8
songs from Global and the tape is pretty good.
The 90's & Beyond
Yes, they really do ... at least the ones with on-line access do. Bob
and John are the biggest contributors at this time,
but the other members of the family do pop in and do answer whenever
they can. Please be aware that all of The Cowsills have "real"
lives and families so it can take awhile before your question is
answered. We ask that you don't ask your question more than once. This
just adds to the number of questions on the board and might mean that
someone else's question doesn't get answered at all.
Information about the public lives of The Cowsills is available on
this web site ... please check the Cowsill
History section for more information and our Appearances
page for any upcoming TV, radio or live appearances.
It is difficult for anyone in the public eye to keep their private
lives private. Any information that we want in the public eye will be
available in the Cowsill History section of
this site. Thank you for your understanding of this.
There are lots of current (and older) pictures of The Cowsills both
on this site and over at the Robin Records site. Visit our Photo
Gallery for over 3000 pictures (old and new) and then for some more fun, hop over to the Picture
Page at Robin Records. By the way, we're happy to share any pictures
you have on this site too. Just send an e-mail to email@example.com
for more information.
Currently, there are no plans to tour for The Cowsills as a group.
Susan does tour and her schedule is on both our Appearances
page and her site at SusanCowsill.com.
John is currently a member of the Beach
Boys Band and they tour all year long. Watch the Appearances
page for any local gigs that we might be doing.
Some long-time Cowsill fans (Marsha & Martha Jordan,
Jo Malone, Lynn Mathis and Becky Presley) have formed the Committee
for the Nomination of The Cowsills for Induction to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and are striving to have The Cowsills inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a colorful presentation brochure on The Cowsills that details the ways in which The Cowsills have met the criteria for induction into the Rock Hall. The criteria addressed includes: longevity, influence, innovation, distinction, and perpetuation. Also included are comments from Artie Kornfeld, Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, Shirley Jones, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, etc.
This brochure will be sent to each member of the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The committee has also learned that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee will seriously consider an artist for nomination if the artist has at least 10,000 names on a petition.
There are over 2,000 names on the online petition thus far, and
there are people who are willing to collect signatures for The Cowsills’ petition at various spring and summer music festivals around the country and also at the tribute shows that are being planned in memory of Billy Cowsill in Canada.
If we all work together, we can definitely meet or surpass the 10,000 name requirement!
Please take the time to sign
the on-line petition for The Cowsills induction if you haven't done
so already. During their research, the committee has compiled some
amazing facts about The Cowsills and their careers, including:
- The Cowsills hold more gold records than many of the current
Hall of Famers inducted as performers.
- Billy played guitar on the song “Right On” recorded by Ike
- Susan is the youngest rock performer to have a Top Ten hit.
- John was part of the first American rock group to play in the
Republic of China.
- The Cowsills had the First Live Album to feature a Studio Track
when In Concert featured “Hair”.
- Hall of Famer Bob Marley used to cover Cowsill songs.
- The Guestbooks on robinrecords.com and cowsill.com have posts
from all 50 states, 19 foreign countries in six of the seven
- The Cowsills were the first of only 5 album covers done for rock
bands by famous cartoonist Jack Davis.
- Billy once recorded with a guitar borrowed from John Lennon.
- The band’s true worth is illustrated by the fact that they
were initially ‘discovered’ by Johnny Nash’s all black
R&B label, JODA and they were ask to headline with future Hall
of Famers’ Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and The Beach Boys before
they had their first hit record at Soundblast ’66 in Yankee
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