Executive Producer Dr. Rock Positano
Hi, we're The Cowsills! Welcome to the Cowsills podcasts where we share music stories from all walks of life. We love to have fun, even when we're being serious. Everyone deserves a breather, right? If that's true for you, you have arrived at the right place at the right time. Sit back, relax, and escape with us into our world of harmony, laughter, and tomfoolery.
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08: Archie’s Party with Ron Dante & Toni Wine
In this episode we’re revisiting the first ever Cowsill’s tour as a family, flying out to Los Angeles to stay and perform at the Century City Plaza. We reminisce about the games we played, competitions we started, and the trouble we would get into on the road.
We have Ron Dante and Toni Wine on the show, and you may not know them by name, but you definitely know them by voice. They’re the anonymous vocals behind the fictional band, The Archies. The animated cartoon phenomenon that put out records that achieved worldwide success, including one of their greatest hits, “Sugar, Sugar”!
As the youngest performers on Don Kirshner's label, just 13 and 14 years old, they sang back up for many bands, cartoons, tv and radio commercials throughout the 60s and 70s. We’re talking to them about what it was like growing up together in the music business and how they felt about their anonymity! To this day they are the only band in history to have a number one hit without ever performing for an audience!
Song of the Week: "Sugar Sugar"
07: Into Something Good With Peter Noone
We’re kicking off this episode with some exciting Cowsills news! Rhythm of the World, an album where we’ve mixed 20 songs together, is now complete and mastered, so stay tuned!
This episode we’re talking about our first ever cross-country tour, flying for the first time, and going out to Los Angeles to perform. We reminisce about the trip and what an eye-opening experience it was for us as kids never having been outside of New England before.
We welcome Peter Noone onto the show, and he joins the conversation, telling us about his first tour around England with Herman’s Hermits, when he was just 16 years old. He talks about the success he had at such a young age, and the fact that he had his first hit record when he still lived with his grandparents!
Peter tells us about a chance encounter he had with The Beatles and how much it motivated him. He started rehearsing and performing 24/7 with the Hermits, and because people saw them so often, they became convinced they were good. And they most certainly were! Herman's Hermits sold more than 60 million records, and 7 of their albums reached gold status, all before Peter was 25 years old.
Song of the Week: "There's a Kind of Hush"
06: There’s Something Happening Here with Richie Furay
We kick things off by taking you back to the very first time each of us performed for a live audience and what the experience was like. We’re going back to performances around Newport, Rhode Island where we grew up, from King’s Park to school performances at St. Johns, to performing down on Bannister’s Wharf.
We welcome the legendary Richie Furay onto the show, one of the original members of The Buffalo Springfield! Richie is one of the lead vocalists on songs such as "For What It's Worth", "Kind Woman", "Bluebird", and "Mr. Soul", and he’s answering all our lingering questions about the band over the years. We dig into how they recorded some of their bigger hits, rumored band disputes, and finally, we demand to know why they broke our hearts and split up in 1968!
The music didn’t stop there! The Buffalo Springfield band members continued to make some of the most influential music of our generation. Stills went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash, Furay and Messina formed Poco, and Young launched his solo career. In 1969, Young reunited with Stills in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and their legacy remains alive and well!
Song of the week: "Kind Woman"
05: We’ve Got Bill Medley and That Lovin Feelin
We have the legendary Bill Medley in the studio, and we’re talking about everything from the shared characteristics and connections between The Righteous Brothers and The Cowsills, what it’s like to still be singing the songs we sang our 20s, and how we’re stretching ourselves (literally doing pilates!) to keep the music and our vocals alive during a pandemic.
Bill tells us the story of how he and Bobby Hatfield came to meet, forming The Righteous Brothers, and what it was like to record ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling’ and have it grow to be a number one hit!
Bill recounts their performance on the Ed Sullivan show, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and his own brief but successful, career in country music. And finally, we talk about Bucky Heard, how they met, and Bill’s decision to revive The Righteous Brothers with Bucky in 2016, 13 years after the passing of Bobby Hatfield.
Song of the week: "Just Once In My Life"
04: And Then Along Came Jim Yester, One of Our Favorite Associations
We’re back, not canceled, and fired up about decreasing covid cases! In this episode, we’re talking to our very special guest and dear friend, Jim Yester, the last original member of The Association. We reminisce about 1966 road trips to New York City where we’d listen to Along Comes Mary, and the voice of Jim Yester on the car radio and then watching him perform on the Ed Sullivan show.
Jim tells us about joining The Association, what it was like replacing Bob Page in the band, and how he came to sing lead vocals on Along Comes Mary. He retells stories from the road and how the comedic relief the band was known for became a part of their concerts.
We ask about The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and what it felt like to be there for 3 days with all the bands. Today the festival is remembered for being the first-ever rock and roll festival, but Jim explains that back then they couldn’t have imagined what they were starting!
Song of the week: "Along Comes Mary"
03: Dennis Tufano and The Cowsills Plan a Tour
Our good friend, Dennis Tufano joins the show today for some hard-hitting questions and a bit of tomfoolery.
Dennis candidly retells his journey of The Buckingham's conception and how quickly the band ramped up to be declared 1967's "most listened to band in America" by Billboard Magazine. He takes us through the years and the names that all went into Dennis's unbelievable career.
And, of course, we have to ask about The Ed Sullivan Show and compare notes!
Song of the Week: "Kind of a Drag"
Glad I gave this format and content a chance. A positive listen that challenges my NYC sensibilities. Lots of doom and gloom out there. This podcast is refreshing. Thank you!
I didn’t know of The Cowsills until a few years ago, but they are an important part of Sunshine Pop (and later developed beyond that sound). Good job all around… must be challenging for the 3 siblings to not talk over each other, but they mostly manage that well. Would love to hear a bit more of the dark side, but maybe the happy talk is predetermined. Also would enjoy hearing about recording of Cocaine Drain album, which has great songs and sound. Guest suggestion: Tony DeFranco, and/or others from that Canadian family band.
I love the light heartedness of the show. The Cowsills get to ask their guests questions that civilians couldn’t ask - of would get a different answer to if they did. They were there “when” and the stories they swap with their guests are priceless. Cue it up, people!