WIKIPEDIA: The Cowsills

The real-life squeaky-clean pop-group The Partridge Family was based upon.

The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother.

The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; with their brother John joining shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. A seventh sibling, Bob’s twin brother Richard, was never part of the band during its heyday, although he occasionally appeared with them in later years.

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X Returns to Studio for First Time in 34 Years

X is a preeminent example of a band that’s gone “Beyond and Back” — to borrow one of their vintage song titles — but there’s always been an asterisk on the “back” part. There’s been no shortage of chances to see L.A.’s preeminent punk-era group on tour over the last 15 years, with the original lineup reunited and blazing through their most poetically rip-roaring catalog material from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. But the setlists rarely if ever included anything post-1983. Coming up with any new material for X, as they have all along for their solo and side projects? Not even a consideration, seemingly.

That’s about to change.