Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Susan Cowsill: What Is Happy?

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.

Some tracks (*) were recorded in our studio for this edition of Music Inside Out, though we are providing links (when available) to previously-released recordings.

Classified  Spotify | MOG
James Booker

Lighthouse*  Spotify | MOG
Susan Cowsill

Hair  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

We Can Fly  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

Love American Style  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

Gray Sunny Day  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

Indian Lake  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

Come On Get Happy  Spotify | MOG
The Partridge Family

I Think I Love You  Spotify | MOG
The Partridge Family

The Rain, the Park and Other Things  Spotify | MOG
The Cowsills

What Is Happy *
Susan Cowsill

Real Life  Spotify | MOG
Susan Cowsill

Love Hurts  Spotify | MOG
Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris

Twinkle Twinkle (Little Star) *
Susan Cowsill

Avenue of the Indians  Spotify | MOG
Susan Cowsill, featuring Jackson Brown

Soul Deep  Spotify | MOG
The Continental Drifters

The Rain Song *
Susan Cowsill

Onola*  Spotify | MOG
Susan Cowsill

This Guy's in Love With You  Spotify | MOG
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

You can connect with Susan Cowsill on her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.