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Susan Cowsill & Family Harmony

Vicky Sedgwick

Susan Cowsill is one of the great harmonizers in the music business. Just ask Hootie and the Blowfish or Jackson Browne or her old bandmates in the Continental Drifters. The proof is on their recordings.

Harmonizing is a skill Cowsill learned as a tomboy back in the 1960s, when she was trying to win a place in her brothers' band. She got in. And The Cowsills went on to great success on the national charts and on television.

As Susan tells Music Inside Out, her harmonies are so good because, "I'm like a dog on a duck." Since the 1960's, Cowsill has expanded her skill set to include songwriting also. In recent years, she's recorded two well-received solo albums and led her own band with husband Russ Broussard.

It's always a family affair with her, because — to Cowsill's ears — family harmonies are unlike any other. That duck better watch out.


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

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.