Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Susan Cowsill: The Sound Of Happy

Credit Dennis Gardner
Listen to Gwen Thompkins & Susan Cowsill on Music Inside Out.

Like most girls her age, Susan Cowsill watched The Partridge Family every week on television. But unlike most girls her age, she was related to the Partridges, albeit in a Hollywood kind of way.

The show was modeled after Cowsill and other members of her singing family.

In the 1960s and early '70s, The Cowsills were regulars on television, appearing with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Cash and on their own programs. They also had a string of top ten hits, including "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and "Hair."

Years later, Susan Cowsill became a founding member of a critically acclaimed indie band called the Continental Drifters. If anyone decides to make a TV show about that chapter of Cowsill's life, it would be set in New Orleans, where she has lived for nearly 20 years. This week on Music Inside Out, singer songwriter Susan Cowsill talks about her family, her solo recordings and how she really feels about David Cassidy.