Associated Press: Cowsills to perform after RI documentary screening

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI – Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — They got their start playing frat parties at Brown University and doing gigs at school dances and church gatherings in Newport. They covered Beatles songs on Bannister’s Wharf, which was fitting enough. They hoped to be the next Fab Four: Bill, Bob, Barry and John.

ater, three more family members, including their mother, would round out the fresh-faced clan — The Cowsills — whose harmonies would climb to the top of the pop music charts.

Surviving members of the group that enjoyed a meteoric rise in the 1960s — the Cowsills would serve as the inspiration for the TV show “The Partridge Family” — are scheduled to perform Wednesday evening in Providence. It’s a rare on-stage reunion in the state where they saw their beginnings.

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The Providence Journal – Review: Film probes grit beneath Cowsills’ squeaky-clean image

By Michael Janusonis
Journal Arts Writer

The Cowsills, a Newport-based family group of singers who inspired “The Partridge Family” TV series, became Billboard chart toppers in the late 1960s thanks to their squeaky clean image and catchy tunes.

“The Rain, The Park, And Other Things;” “We Can Fly,” “Indian Lake” and later in the hippie era, “Hair,” were among their hits, performed at the height of their popularity by five brothers, sister Susan and their mother, Barbara. They were paraded in front of the TV cameras with the likes of Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Mike Douglas, Johnny Carson, Johnny Cash, Buddy Ebsen, even Hugh Hefner. They had their own TV special and screaming girl fans. They seemed happy and carefree and intensely talented.

But behind the glare of the spotlights … <Read the rest of the review at The Providence Journal>

The Providence Journal: Cowsills documentary film reveals a darker side

By Michael Janusonis
Journal Arts Writer

Paul, Susan & Bob CowsillThey were young. They were from Newport. They were at the top of the Billboard charts. They were on “The Ed Sullivan Show” singing with their mother, for Pete’s sake. It was the late 1960s and the whole country was watching them.

They were — and are — The Cowsills, the family band that later served as the inspiration for the hit TV series “The Partridge Family.”

Today the surviving members are spread out across the country — California, Oregon, Louisiana. But they still get together to play as a group, most recently at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and at B.B. King’s club just down the block from Times Square.

And they are going to be in Providence Wednesday night, Aug. 10, in a homecoming at Veterans Memorial Auditorium for Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival that will mark the first film festival screening of “Family Band: The Cowsills Story.” The documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience and a concert featuring Susan, Paul and Bob Cowsill. Bob, on the phone from Milwaukee where he was performing, says it will be “a Peter, Paul and Mary shot because we didn’t have the budget to bring in the eight-piece band we usually play with.”

“We don’t do a lot of shows,” adds Bob, 61, “because …. <Read the rest of the article at The Providence Journal>