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John Cowsill (born March 2, 1956 in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American musician, best known for his work as a singer and drummer with his siblings' band, The Cowsills. He is currently a drummer and vocalist for The Beach Boys touring band, which features original Beach Boy Mike Love and long time member Bruce Johnston. He has also played keyboards for the "Beach Boys Band", and according to the band's website, he does Al Jardine's and the late Carl Wilson's vocal parts.[1] He also has performed and recorded with Jan and Dean. In the early 1980s, he recorded with the one hit wonder band Tommy Tutone, playing percussion and singing back-up vocals on the band's hit, "867-5309/Jenny", although he did not appear in the video.

John Cowsill
Born (1956-03-02) March 2, 1956 (age 63)
Newport, Rhode Island
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Years active1965-present
Associated actsThe Cowsills, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Dwight Twilley

For a time, he was part of Dwight Twilley's band, as was his sister Susan Cowsill.

In 2003, he married Vicki Peterson of The Bangles.

Cowsill began playing with the Beach Boys touring band on keyboards in 2000. He moved to the drums in 2008.[2] His solos for the concerts include "Wild Honey," and "Sail On, Sailor." In 2011, Cowsill was confirmed to be performing alongside The Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour.[3] Cowsill appears on the band's subsequent studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio (2012). He also performed on Mike Love's solo albums Unleash the Love (2017) and Reason for the Season (2018).

In 2017, he joined with Vicki Peterson and Bill Mumy as the band Action Skulls to release an album (also including posthumous contributions from the bassist Rick Rosas) entitled Angels Hear.[4]


  1. ^ "Mempages/Jc_H-Page.Htm". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "John Cowsill Interview || Feeling the Vibe Magazine". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Patrick Doyle (December 19, 2011). "Exclusive: Mike Love 'Looking Forward' to Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Andy Hermann, "Meet Action Skulls, a New Band Featuring Vicki Peterson, John Cowsill and Bill Mumy", LA Weekly, August 4, 2017.

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