The Carolina Journal, September 27, 1967 Page 3
Cowsills Hit Charlotte
By MONTE ZEPEDA
The Cowsills, recording artists
for MGM Records, are going to
make it big in the entertainment
business; they have to.
A little over three months ago,
the Cowsill family was living in a
somewhat poverty stricken state.
The CowsUl home is a three-
story, 22-room mansion in
Newport, Rhode Island. Because
of the investments in musical
equipment, the house was
neglected. Ivy was growing over
the walls; windows were broken and
screens were hanging. The living
room was decorated with two
chairs, a sofaandaTV set. Cooking
was done on a 1917 gas range which
required several matches and a
prayer to light.
For three years, a major amount
of the Cowsill’s income had been
used to put the necessary equip
ment for a professional-sounding
band — instruments, sound sys
tems, and amplifiers.
The singing group, the Cowsills,
began over three years ago when
bud Cowwlll, father of the family
and manager of the group, retired
from 20 years of duty in the ser
vice. The two older Cowsills
boys. Bill, 19 and Bob, 18, had been
sinpng for some time and wanted
their younger brothers to join them
and enlarge the group. Bud decided
that the group shouldturnprofess-
ional. The boys had more than
During the Depression-ridden
1930’s, the Southwest was ablaze
with the robbery exploits of a
pair of lovers, Clyde Barrow and
Bonnie Parker, who enjoyed po
sing for playful snapshots between
bank hold-ups and then sending the
photos to local newspapers. In
the layout above, Beatty and Miss
Dunaway duplicate for the movie
a typical fun-and-photography
prank by the real Bonnie and
Clyde, taken from the pages of a
newspaper of the time.
By Monty Zepeda
The Villiage Dinner Theatre’s latest presentation is a musical
comdey, “In Name Only”. The plot centers around three bunny
girls, one of whom is allowed to live in New York because her
uncle believes she is married. When the girls get the word that
uncle is coming to the big city, a frantic search begins for a likely
male who can pose as the husband during the uncle’s visit. Her
roommates come up with, and get this, two husbands. Things really
take off from there.
The females in the lead are less than professional in their de
livery. Although the sizes and shapes of the girls add to the effect
of the comedy, it is hard to believe that the Playboy Club would
really hire such a variety.
Henreitta, Charlotte Berryman, is the bunny with the visiting uncle.
Barbara Dennis as Candy, Henrietta’s roommate, adds a lot of comedy
to the play.
But the top female actress is Estelle Lee as Mrs. Fisher, a neigh
bor. She plays the Jewish mother of a male hairdresser. Her over
protectiveness has had quite an ill-effect on her son, Henry.
The male leads offer more of the audience. J. Richard Beneville
as Henry is superb. He spends the entire play fighting the domination
of his mother. (Henry is the first pseudo-husband for Henrietta.)
Vic Siadroy as Jake, Candy’s boyfriend and the second make-
believe husband for Henrietta, is second to Henry as a laugh pro
ducer. He is the only man in the play who really knows how to handle
gabby women, ignore them.
Uncle Horace is played by Earle Edgerton. Edgerton’s stuffed-
shirt attitude and then conversion to the swinger’s code is hilarious.
The one male role that flops is that of Dave, Uncle Horace’s
step son who is in love with Henrietta. Hank Schob does less than
well in both acting and singing.
Nevertheless, “In Name Only” is a fairly good dinner theatre
play that would provide a good night’s entertainment for anyone,
however, beware of the risque lines.
New 45’s Look Promising
This week the record distributors have a number of singles
that have great potential. One of the best is “I Can’t Happen With
out You” by the Power Plant. Don’t let the name of the group throw
you, they are really good. The record is on the Diamond Label.
Bunny Segler’s newest release is a composity of “Lovey Dovey”
and “You’re So Fine”. Both songs are oldies brought back in the
driving style of Segler. This one will rise to the top quickly.
Other new ones include “I’m Wondering” by Stevie Wonder, “Three
In The Morning” by Bobby Goldsboro, and “You Can Lead Your
Woman To The Altar” by Oscar Toney, Jr.
Sidney Poitier should be up for another Oscar for his role in “To
Sir, With Love”. Read a review of that movie and “The Flim-Flam
Man” with George C. Scott in next week’s Carolina Journal.
enough talent to land a contract
with a record company.
The next three years were spent
in trainingforthatpurpose. During
that time the boys never had a
single lesson of formal training.
Those three years were pretty
rough for the Cowsills. John, 11,
saved his allowance for six weeks
to get “Clyde”, a miniature mon
key. “I waited ror him to come
and then, the next day after I
got him, I woke up in the morn
ing and there he was -- lying
in the bottom of the cage —
frozen.” A little white head
stone marks “Clyde’s grave site
at the Cowsill home.
This incident took place when the
Cowsills came close, very close
to losing everthing. They had no
money, the phones had been cut
off, there was no oil for the fur
nace during the bitter winter. The
boys chopped up their dressers
to make firewood for the fire
place. The mortgage on the house
they loved was about to be fore
closed. In desperation, the family
came to New York City to seek
In New York, the family met a
writer-producer of songs, Artie
Kornfeld. Artie introduced the
group to Lenny Stogel, one of the
business’s leading talent agents.
Stogel arranged a deal with MGM
and within a few weeks the Cow
sills have become one of the hottest
prospects in the recording
The Cowsill family consists of
parents. Mud and Barbara; sons.
Bill, Bob, Barry, John, Dick and
Paul; and daughter, Susan. Bud
Cowsill coordinates all activities
of the group. Dick and Paul
Cowsill, road managers, handle
the equipment. The main singing
group consists of Barbara Cow
sill, Bill, 19, Bob, 18; Barry, 13;
John, 11; and sometimes Susan, 8.
The boys are average and above
average students. Two of them are
honor students in their schools at
home. On tour a 21 year-old
tutor travels with the group to
assure that their education con
tinues. Bili, who attends Rhode
Island College, has a deferment
from the draft tor enough time to
get the group started. After that,
he has to go into the service for
Monday, September 16, the Cow
sills were in Charlotte for a per
formance at the Barringer Inn.
On the tour they are covering
50 cities at one city a night.
Seeing the group and hearing
just a few selections from their
500-song repertoire, one was im
pressed by the discipline of the
group. Bill controls the group
during the actual performance. He
is an entertainer in full yet at
the same time listens to every
sound to make sure that the per
formance is asperfectaspossible.
Continually during the show. Bill
gives instructions to the others to
adjust their instruments or sing
louder or anything that will make
the group sound as good as possi
By MONTE ZEPEDA
Warner Brothers - Seven Arts’
“Bonnie and Clyde” revives the
Depression-ridden Southwest of
the 1930’s. It was the time when
bank-robber Clyde Barrow and his
cigar-smoking sweetheart, Bonnie
Parker, held sheriffs and bank-
tellers in terror and frequently
captured headlines with their dar
ing, reckless and often pointless
The film stars Warren Beatty
as Clyde and Faye Dunaway as
Boraiie. The supporting cast
includes Michael J. Pollard as
C. W. Moss who was a Myrna
Loy fan who had a bluebird ta
ttooed on his chest. Gene Hack-
man portrays Clyde’s brother.
Buck, who told corny jokes and
carried a Kodak. Estelle Parsons
is Blanche the preacher’s daugh
ter who kept her fingers in her
ears during the gunfights.
Bonnie Parker was born in Ro-
wena, Texas in 1910; Clyde was
born in 1909 also in Texas. Their
career of crime began in about
1932. Clyde was fresh out of Hunts
ville Prison where he used an axe
to out off three of his toes to be
taken off of hard labor. Shortly
after this, his parole came through
and he left prison on crutches.
He was somewhat effeminate and
needed a gun to make him feel
like a man.
Bonnie was a blonde who liked
to wear masculine clothes and
smoked black cigars. (In the con
tract for Faye Dunaway’s role in
the movie, a stipulation made sure
that Miss Dunaway had to smoke
no more than three cigars a day
because of her allergy to tobacco.)
Bonnie and Clyde’s first bank
job was far from a success. The
bank they chose had failed two
The boy they chose as mech
anic-driver for them was equally
brilliant. During their second bank
holdup, C. W. parked the getaway
car a half-block from the bank.
When Bonnie and Clyde emerged
from the holdup, the car was no
where in sight. After some fender
crushing, C. W. managed to get
the car on the street and pick up
the stranded gangsters.
The real-life Bonnie and Clyde
loved publicity. They frequentiy
maiied pictures of themselves to
newspapers. Bonnie wrote two
poems that werepublished in news
papers from coast to coast. The
titles were “Suicide Sal” and “The
Story of Bonnie and Clyde”.
After escaping elaborate am
bushes, Bonnie and Clyde met
their end on May 23, 1934 at
9:15 a. m. on a Saturday morn
ing. They drove into an ambush
of six to ten lawmen waiting for
them with machine guns. Over 1000
bullets were fied into their car,
43 bullets in Clyde’s face, and 31
The Cowsills are what many con
sider the perfect American family.
The parents are in firm control
but use understanding and love
to maintain that control. The kids
are the kind everyone would like
to have. They are intelligent, not
necessarily handsome but good-
looking, and they all have per
sonalities that would melt through
an ince barrier 12 feet thick.
Everyone in the Terrace Room
that night enjoyed the Cowsills’
show. Selections covered the field
of music from “Uptight” to “The
Cruel Way”. The second half of
the performance was for dancing
and everyone did just that. There
were some junior high girls danc
ing with each other, middle-aged
disc jockeys, and even the porters,
maids, and bartenders couldn’t re
sist joining in.
The Cowsills have gotten a good
start on their goal in the Carolinas.
All the radio officials at the Bar
ringer Inn for the performance
were impressed by the groups
quaiity and versatility. Stations
throughout the two states are now
playing the Cowsills’ first single,
“The Rain, The Park, and Other
Things”. In Charlotte WGIV has
given the record much airplay.
WAYS, ■ however, has decided to
hoid off on airplay of the song.
Perhaps when the song becomes
number one in the nation, “Big
Ways” will relent.
(See Cowsills’ picture page on
"Bonnie and Clyde," from Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, tells the exciting
story of a band of notorious bank robbers who terroriied the Southwest
during the Depression-struck I930's. Photo I, two restless, attractive
young people, Clyde Barrow (WARREN BEATTY) and Bonnie Parker
(FAYE DUNAWAY} meet on a hot afternoon. He’s out to build a
reputation as a gunman and she's out for kicks. They don't fully hit
it off as lovers, Photo 2. But as a holdup team, Photo 3, they work
extremely well together. The law starts to close In on the Barrow
gang and, Photo 4, they have to shoot their way out of a rented
cottage. Gleefully escaping capture, Photo 5, the Barrow gang in
cluding Bonnie, Buck Barrow (GENE HACKMAN), C. W. Moss
(MICHAEL J. POLLARD) and Clyde, cross state borders eluding
police. But persistence on the part of the law is rewarded when the
gang rides into an ambush. Photo 6, three members of the gang—
Bonnie, Clyde and C. W.—survive the attack only to be caught later.
Arthur Penn directed and Warren Beatty produced the Technicolor
drama which opens on at the Theater. The screenplay
was written by David Newman and Robert Benton.