The Cowsills’ Ohio ConnectionOctober 14, 2008
You couldn’t turn on a television variety show or an AM radio without seeing or hearing The Cowsills during the latter part of the 1960’s and early 1960’s. We had a couple of their LP records in the house, and even though I became a hard rock/heavy metal fan I have to admit I have a soft spot for The Rain, The Park & Other Things and I loved Hair when it came out.
I remember watching the group and even though they were with their Mom, I always thought the ‘kids’ in the band, especially the older ones, were cool, hip & groovy in ‘real life’. They came off, to me, as ‘real’ despite the cloak of entertainment facade of the time.
What I didn’t know all those years ago and until recently was The Cowsills lived down the road about 20 miles in Canton, OH for a period of time. Family patriarch Bud Cowsill was stationed in Canton as a Navy recruiter towards the latter part of the 1950’s. Reportedly they lived for a time on West End Avenue in Canton and also on Myers Lake until circa 1961. The kids attended St. Joseph’s school.
Once Bud & wife Barb gave sons Bill and Bob a guitar, they quickly learned how to play and sing and soon the Cowsill Brothers were performing at local functions. Sometime around 1960 they got a booking on the Gene Carroll Show on WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland, OH. Soon after they moved to Newport, RI and then eventually California after Bud retired to manage the group (‘officially’ formed in 1965) that had grown to include almost all of the siblings (Susan and Paul) and of course, their mother, Barbara.
And the rest is history. If you have any interest in The Cowsills’ long and storied history and what they are doing these days, check out the Cowsills website, it’s very informative and entertaining. For more info on the Cowsills comic book shown below visit: http://bapresley.com/silverthreads/memorabilia/comicbook/