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The Rain, The Park And Other Things by The Cowsills
Album: The CowsillsReleased: 1967Charted:
This was co-written and produced by Artie Kornfeld who later went on to be one of the concert promoters of Woodstock.
This was the breakthrough hit for the family group, The Cowsills, who were the forerunner of The Osmonds, a group that would appear on the same record label a few years later. Unlike the Osmonds, the boys' mother Barbara also features on the recordings. The Cowsills also made many television appearances during the late 1960s and the early 1970s and they were an inspiration for the Partridge Family.
This song is known to many as "The Flower Girl." Studio musicians were brought in for the recording, a practice that continued until 1969, when the Cowsill family were allowed to play their own musical instruments.
This reached #1 in Canada in the week of November 13, 1967.
A British rock group, Vanity Fare, poked fun at the Cowsills by naming their 1968 album The Sun, the Wind, and Other Things.
After the success of this single 2 more siblings - Paul and Susan - joined the group. In 1968 they had an American #10 hit with "Indian Lake."
Susan Cowsill had just had her 9th birthday when this reached the Top 10, making her the youngest Rock performer to have a Top Ten hit in the States. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Olivia Newton-John recorded a dance version of this song for the 2012 movie soundtrack CD A Few Best Men.