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Died On This Date (September 1*, 2005) Barry Cowsill

Posted by themusicsover on September 1, 2010

Barry Cowsill
September 14, 1954 – September 1*, 2005


Barry Cowsill was drummer (and later, guitarist) brother of the Cowsills, the real life inspiration for the Partridge Family.  The family began playing together in the late ’50s and began making records in 1965.  In 1967, the group was signed to MGM Records.  Their first album included the single, “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” which climbed to #2 on the pop charts and sold in the neighborhood of three million copies.  Over the next few years, the group scored million-selling hits with “Indian Lake” and “Hair.”  In 1969, the family were offered their own sitcom playing themselves, but that the part of mother, Barbara Cowsill, would be played by actress, Shirley Jones.   They declined the offer without Barbara, so the show was re-cast and re-christened The Partride Family.   Barry eventually settled in New Orleans where he performed in local clubs and was apparently working on making a comeback of sorts when Hurricane Katrina hit the city.  Barry Cowsill was last heard from on September 1st, 2005.  His body was discovered when it washed up on a New Orleans wharf on December 28.  Cause of death was ruled a drowning at the hands of Katrina.  Date of passing is assumed to be September 1, 2005.

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