ON THIS DATE in 1967, the Cowsills, consisting of a mother and six siblings from ages eight to nineteen, released their first hit song, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” Some know this as the “Flower Girl” song. The tune reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
From Newport, Rhode Island, the Cowsills recorded a number-10 hit with “Indian Lake” in 1967 and a second number-two smash with “Hair” in 1969.
The success of the Cowsills inspired the half-hour sitcom “The Partridge Family,” which followed the adventures of a six-member — including Shirley Jones as the mom — family band. “The Partridge Family” aired from 1970 to 1974.
Three of the seven Cowsills members have passed on. Barbara Cowsill, the mom, died of emphysema in 1985 at age 56; Bill, the lead singer, died of emphysema and other ailments in 2006 at age 58; and Barry, 50, drowned when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.