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« on: January 05, 2006, 04:33:40 PM »

From the SpectroPop list:

>>   Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:51:50 -0000
   From: Laura
Subject: Sad news about Barry Cowsill

From the official Cowsill mailing list:

> It is with a very heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that we
> have learned that a DNA match has been found for Barry in Baton Rouge,
> LA. Unfortunately, this means with a 99% certainty that Barry has
> passed away. The Cowsill family was just informed of the match and
> more information will be posted on the site as it becomes available.
> We invite you to express your thoughts and post your memories of Barry
> on our Memorial Book located at
> http://cowsill.com/cowsills/Guestbook/barrymemorial.html

> Our deepest gratitude goes to everyone who has helped with the search
> for Barry in any way.
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheCowsills

[Laura, presumably] also found this on the web:
http://et.tv.yahoo.com/newslink/13545/
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2006, 04:56:05 PM »

That really, really sucks. Hard.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2006, 06:20:24 PM »

That's so sad...  Sad
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2006, 06:23:10 PM »

I don't know who he was in the group but I dig their music alot.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006, 06:31:39 PM »

Very, very sad.

H&V, I think he was the second oldest Brother -- that's him on "II x II" I believe, he took over the primary songwriting chores when the oldest -- Bill? Do I have the name right? -- left the group for a time.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2006, 08:35:08 PM »

That poor Cowsill family had it hard, much akin to the Kennedy's. Shame.
Did they just locate him from months ago? Man, I can't imagine.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2006, 06:46:31 AM »

very sad new's .i just picked up "We can fly" on the collector's choice label.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2018, 08:05:30 PM »

Old Rake - Barry was actually kid #5, just a year older than brother John. He was incredibly talented and funny, but like two of his older brothers, struggled with addiction and the aftermath of so much childhood abuse. Brother Bob had arranged for him to enter rehab, but Katrina changed the course of a lot of lives.

He's a teenybopper singing lead here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XV4KqCd6zc

He's in the hat on the right in this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foepOwQlXpI

 
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 09:13:17 PM »

I remember that Barry would play periodically in some of the local clubs down here in New Orleans. His sister Susan has lived here for many years.
He rode out Katrina and made a phone call afterwards indicating that things weren't going well for him (some landline phone service remained in the area near the river). Don't know how he met his end but it was a scary time then, no electricity or drinkable water, and chaos.
Very sad.
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 10:05:54 PM »

The official word was drowning, with his body found under a wharf. YouTube shows part of his jazz funeral in NOLO. At a memorial
held in his home state of Rhode Island his family learned of oldest brother Bill's passing.
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