Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Unforced Rhythm (of the rain)

Well, I know I sound like a broken record, but hopefully all of you out there listening and reading are at least enjoying the music. This is another song that just always moved me. Songs like this sometimes just sent a kind of wave through my soul as as kid! Today listening to it I could not contain my tears! In 1963 (there is that year again) this song climbed the charts to Number 2 and only Walk Like a Man by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons kept it from number 1.

The next song is another that I always loved as a kid is by the Cowsills and you know their big hit HAIR! This song just did it for me as well and I never got tired of hearing it! The Rain the Park and Other Things! The Cowsills were the group that the Partridge Family was modeled after and I copied this bit of information about the group and there is some very interesting information....

"It was during 1969 that the rock musical "Hair" became a major hit and the Cowsills had the good fortune of releasing a clean, crisp, commercial version of the title song. Despite going up against the heaviest rock bands of the day, the Cowsills scored another number two hit in the U.S.A.
It was around that same time that Columbia Pictures' television division sent a group of screenwriters to observe the Cowsills' daily lives for a possible series based on their story. Although the Cowsills may have been briefly considered to play themselves, the producers decided to fictionalize the band as "The Partridge Family."
By the time The Partridge Family hit the airwaves in 1970, the Cowsills' career was on the decline and in the wake of the 1971 LP "On My Side", the group disbanded. Later that year, Bill Cowsill (who was briefly considered to replace Brian Wilson in the Beach Boys' touring line-up) issued a solo LP, "Nervous Breakthrough", which met with little success. In the late 1970s, Bob, John, Susan and Paul recorded some new, original material with producer Chuck Plotkin, but due to lack of financing, the sessions went unreleased. The rest of the siblings were musically inactive.
On January 31st, 1985, the Cowsills mother, Barbara, died of emphysema at the age of 56, in Tempe, Arizona.
As the 1990s dawned, Barry mounted a solo career, Bill founded a country group called the Blue Shadows, and Susan joined the Continental Drifters, an all-star New Orleans-via-Los Angeles combo also featuring her husband along with onetime Bangle, Vicki Peterson.
In 1994, the "core four" - Bob, John, Susan and Paul, contributed a newly-recorded Cowsills track, "Is It Any Wonder," to the "Yellow Pills - Volume One" pop compilation and a new studio album, "Global", followed in 1998. They later hit the oldies circuit and started playing small clubs and showcases in the Los Angeles area and across the country.
On January 6th 2006, a press release announced that the body of Barry Cowsill was discovered on December 28th on a wharf in New Orleans. Local authorities believe that the 51 year old Barry died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city on August 29th, 2005. He had reportedly left phone messages for his sister Susan on September 1st, and was not heard from again.
More bad news came on February 17th, 2006, just after a memorial service for Barry, when the family learned of the death of their 58 year old brother, Bill. He had been battling emphysema, osteoporosis and other ailments. --http://www.rhythmoftherain.com/cascade.html

The song that just floods my memory...

1 comment:

  1. Wow...interesting tidbits of a musical era that I was just a little kid during. Your scope of musical pleasures continues to amaze me!!