24: The Rain, The Park and Other Things – The Cowsills


Entered Charts 6 December 1967
Entry Point 35
Highest Chart 3 *
Weeks In: 15

Bill, Bob, Paul, Barry, John, Susan and their mother, Barbara – the Cowsills – were an American family – and band – from Rhode Island. They had a few hits in Australia including this light, bubble-gum inspired track. It’s a song that was covered by the Young Talent Team on one their first albums – a major aspiration of most American bands, you’d expect.

But, arguably, their biggest claim to fame was the offer that they did refuse in the late 1960s – they were offered the opportunity to star in a television series based on their lives as a family and a band. When they were told that their real mother wouldn’t be part of the show and instead would be played by Shirley Jones, they baulked. The TV show went ahead and became The Partridge Family.

I wonder whether they ever wonder “what if”?