The next song to go to the top of the charts was by The Cowsills. It is not called “The Flower Girl.” The actual title of the song is “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” The song was written by Steve Duboff and Artie Kornfeld. Kornfeld is mostly remembered as one of the promoters of the Woodstock Festival (1969).
The Cowsills was a family group. Their father, Bud, managed the group and just before “The Rain… ” was released the mother, Barbara, started singing with the group. Between 1968 and 1972 the group played an average of 200 performance dates per year . Their family was inspiration for the TV series “The Partridge Family.” They only had two other big hits; “Indian Lake” and “Hair.” Then in 1972 the group broke up but most of the family maintained careers related to the music business. They would occasionally get back together for reunion shows.
Mother, Barbara, died in 1985. Father, Bud, died 1992. Barry Cowsill died in 2005 from Hurricane Katrina. Bill died in 2006 and Richard died in 2014. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill toured in the summer of 2015 – 2017 with the Happy Together Tour.
“The Rain…” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for just the week of Nov. 19 – 25, 1967. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart the song only made it up to the number 2 spot for 2 weeks (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2).