Thursday, July 10, 2014

Richard Cowsill Passes

Today's post is a brief note of sympathy to the Cowsills in the loss of their beloved brother Richard this week. The band made the announcement on their website and on Facebook, plus here is a news article from Vintage Vinyl about it. Richard had been battling lung cancer. He is the third of the Cowsill siblings to pass away, leaving his twin brother Bob, Susan, Paul, and John as survivors. Barry and Bill passed away in 2005—Barry in Hurricane Katrina and Bill from numerous illnesses.

While Richard was the non-performing, behind the scenes brother, he was able to finally get to sing with his siblings now and then in recent years. Here is a video clip of the band doing their 1990s song What I Believe. At the end, there is a clip of the band —including Richard — singing the national anthem before a baseball game in Boston. I think he also joined them on stage from time to time.

Please pray for the family in the days ahead as they walk through this loss. I'm also praying that a major label wises up and signs the performing members of the group, which still tours to this day. As I posted in an earlier blog, their 1990s album "Global" is power pop perfection, and the labels need their derrieres kicked for ignoring it. The "bubblegum" label is so unfair, and "Global" is anything but bubblegum. It is power pop in the vein of Nick Lowe, Tommy Tutone, and Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup.

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