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The Osmonds are an American family pop group who achieved enormous worldwide success as teenage music idols in the 1970s. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... Olive Osmond (born Olive May Davis in Samaria, Idaho on May 4, 1925 - May 9, 2004 in Provo, Utah) was the matriarch of the American Osmond singing family, and mother of entertainers Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ...

The group originally comprised brothers Alan Ralph Osmond (born June 22, 1949), Melvin Wayne Osmond (known as Wayne Osmond) (born August 28, 1951), Merrill Davis Osmond (born April 30, 1953), Jay Wesley Osmond (born March 2, 1955) and Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond (born December 9, 1957). They were later joined by younger siblings (Olive) Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) and James Arthur "Jimmy" Osmond (born April 16, 1963). Alan Osmond (born June 22, 1949) was a member of the 1970s group The Osmonds. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wayne Osmond (1951 - present) is the second oldest of the original Osmond Brothers singers. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Merrill Davis Osmond (born April 30, 1953) was the lead singer of the 1970s music group The Osmonds. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... The Osmonds are an American family pop group who achieved enormous worldwide success as teenybopper idols in the 1970s. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American entertainer. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah) is an American actress, singer, and a member of the show business family, The Osmonds. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Jimmy Arthur Osmond (born April 16, 1963 in Canoga Park, California) is a singer, actor, and businessman. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ...

Older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (born October 19, 1945), and Thomas Rulon Osmond (born October 26, 1947) were born deaf and did not appear on any of the records. In later years, they occasionally performed and appeared on various TV shows with their siblings. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...



The Osmonds' career started with a big break at Disneyland, followed quickly by regular appearances on The Andy Williams Show in the early 1960s. In the mid-60s they performed with Sweden's most popular singer Lars Lönndahl, and gained a lot of popularity in Sweden. However, their most successful period was the early 1970s, when they achieved a string of chart hits. Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... The Andy Williams Show was a television variety show which ran from 1957 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens), and a short-lived run in syndication, beginning in the fall of 1976. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Lars Lasse Lönndahl born August 19, 1928 Swedish singer, born in Stockholm. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

They were joined for a time by younger brothers Donny and Jimmy Osmond. They had a self-titled Rankin/Bass-produced Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC-TV from 1972 to 1973. Donny, and to a lesser extent Jimmy, both achieved success as solo artists, as did their only sister Marie. Marie's signature hit was the country song "Paper Roses" (hence the recurring theme on their variety show where Marie sang, "I'm a little bit country," and Donny responded by singing "and I'm a little bit rock and roll"). Jimmy achieved particular success in the UK and Japan (most notably for his single "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool"), while Donny and Marie's success was nearly worldwide. Donny and Marie also performed as a duo, and hosted their own variety show, Donny & Marie, on ABC from 1976 to 1979. Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... Long Haired Lover From Liverpool is a popular song by Little Jimmy Osmond. ... For the talk show, see Donny & Marie (1998 TV series). ...

The family members are well known as devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ...

The Osmonds are of English descent on both their paternal and maternal sides, as well as Welsh descent on their maternal side. [1] This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... The Welsh are, according to Hastings (1997), an ethnic group and nation associated with Wales and the Welsh language, which is a Celtic language. ...

Musical success

The Osmonds' breakthrough US hit, "One Bad Apple", featuring lead vocals by Merrill and Donny, bore an uncanny similarity to the "bubblegum soul" sound of their contemporaries, The Jackson 5. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the winter of 1971, and even hit #6 on the R&B chart. The single and the accompanying debut album (called "The Osmonds") were recorded at Muscle Shoals by the legendary R&B producer Rick Hall. The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Muscle Shoals is a city located in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...

The follow-up to "One Bad Apple", "Double Lovin'" stalled at #14, but the mildly psychedelic "Yo-Yo" climbed all the way to #3 in late 1971. "Yo-Yo" marks the point where the brothers began recording as a self-contained rock and roll band (instead of relying on session musicians.) In spite of their squeaky clean image, the Osmonds had a soulful, sometimes raucous sound which was a precursor of the power pop of later years. (For a time in the mid-1970s, they were the one of the few rock acts on TV, since the entire Osmond family appeared on a variety show which was mostly devoted to Donny and Marie, but where the Brothers were given a segment or two each week to rock out.) For psychedelics, see psychedelic drug. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ...

Their first single release of 1972, "Down By The Lazy River", headed to #4 and finally broke the group in the UK, where it peaked at #40. Their British fan base exploded overnight. All members of the Osmond family, counting group and solo recordings, charted an astonishing thirteen singles in the UK charts during 1973. // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties, is halted during the song Money. ... // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ...

Their 1972 LP Crazy Horses and its title track were met with mixed critical reaction. The album attempted a more rock-oriented sound and image, its lead track, "Hold Her Tight" bearing a marked similarity to Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song with its churning bass line and wailing guitar breaks. The album, however, was a real testament to the brothers' ability to write and play (they played all the instruments on the album) and featured some serious songwriting, singing and playing chops. For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Immigrant Song is the opening track on English rock band Led Zeppelins third album, Led Zeppelin III, released in 1970. ...

Following quickly on its heels was the ambitious 1973 release, The Plan, perhaps best described as a Mormon concept album with prog rock aspirations. These albums were followed with gentler, more sentimental songs such as "Let Me In" and "Love Me For A Reason". This music, combined with the brothers' good looks and clean image, greatly appealed to the teenybopper market. Like the word "Beatlemania", a new word, "Osmania", was coined to describe the phenomenon. In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... The progressive rock band Yes performing in 1977. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...

Not only just a vocal group, each brother also played an instrument and sometimes played and composed their own tracks: Merrill (bass), Donny (Keyboards), Jay (drums), Alan (guitar, trumpet), Jimmy (drums, piano) & Wayne (guitar).[citation needed]

The Osmonds today

Wayne, Jay, Jimmy, and sometimes Merrill continue to perform as The Osmond Brothers, with frequent appearances in Branson, Missouri, as well as the UK, both as a quartet with Jimmy. Merrill also performs as a solo artist, performing regularly in Branson, Missouri and Europe. Alan no longer performs, except on very rare occasions, as he suffers from multiple sclerosis (although his Osmond motto is "I may have MS ... but, MS does not have me!"). Today, their sound is more country and western, with a bit of rock, and adult contemporary thrown in. A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil... This article is about the U.S. state. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...

Jimmy performs in Branson and the UK, as well, and has become a successful businessman. He appeUK series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. Im a Celebrity. ...

Marie has been a radio host and makes and sells dolls. At the end of March of 2007, it was announced Marie and her second husband, producer Brian Blosil are divorcing after nearly 20 years of marriage.

Donny maintains a successful touring and recording pop career in the UK, and occasionally the United States. He was a theatrical hit, starring for over 2,000 performances in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Up through December of 2006 he starred as Gaston in the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the second musical theatre show written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and their first performed. ... For other uses, see Beauty and the Beast (disambiguation). ...

All of the brothers are married with some of them having large families. Alan's eight sons sometimes perform as "The Osmonds - Second Generation" or "2ndG". Due to a resurgence of interest, they toured the UK in 2006.

In August of 2007, the Osmonds performed their 50th Anniversary in Las Vegas.

On October 9, 2007 on The Paul O'Grady Show, Donny Osmond announced that they were getting back together and touring the UK in May, 2008. is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The New Paul OGrady Show (formerly The Paul OGrady Show) is a British comedy chat show on Channel 4, formerly aired on ITV. The Channel 4 show is filmed at the BBC Television Centre in London. ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American entertainer. ...

Patriarch George Osmond died at 90 in Salt Lake City on November 6, 2007.[1] Prior to his death, plans were being made for him and the 120+ members of the Osmond clan to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show to celebrate the family's 50th anniversary in show business. The family ultimately decided to go on with the show as scheduled, and on Thursday, November 9, the entire Osmond family appeared on stage with Oprah Winfrey as a tribute to their patriarch. The show aired the following day, which was also the day of Mr. Osmond's funeral. George Virl Osmond (October 13, 1917 – November 6, 2007) was the patriarch of the Osmond family. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is an American nationally syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


This list comprises all of the Osmonds record releases as a pop and country act. It does not contain any special releases, compilations, or other types of releases. Singles have been listed where known.

Osmonds - 1970
Label: MGM Records SE-4724
Singles: One Bad Apple (#1 Pop/#6 R&B), Sweet and Innocent (originally billed to the Osmonds)
Homemade - 1971
Label: MGM Records SE-4770
Singles: Double Lovin', Chilly Winds
Phase III - 1971
Label: MGM Records SE-4796
Singles: Yo-Yo, Down By The Lazy River
The Osmonds Live - 1972
Label: MGM Records 2SE-4826
Crazy Horses - 1972
Label: MGM/Kolob Records SE-4871
Singles: Hold Her Tight, Crazy Horses
The Plan - 1973
Label: MGM/Kolob Records SE-4902
Singles: Let Me In, Goin' Home
Love Me For A Reason - 1974
Label: MGM/Kolob Records SE-4939
Singles: Love Me For A Reason, Having A Party
The Proud One - 1975
Label: MGM/Polydor
Singles: The Proud One, I'm Still Gonna Need You
Around The World: Live In Concert - 1975
Label: MGM/Kolob Records SE-5012
Brainstorm - 1976
Label: Polydor/Kolob Records
Singles: I Can't Live A Dream, Back On The Road Again,
The Osmonds Christmas Album - 1976
Label: Polydor/Kolob Records
The Osmonds Greatest Hits - 1977
Label: Polydor Records PD-2-9005

The following four albums did not feature Donny

Steppin' Out - 1979
Label: Mercury SRM-1-3766
Singles: Steppin' Out, Emily, Rainin', I I I
Note: This was their last album as a pop group
The Osmond Brothers - 1982
Label: Elektra Asylum Records 60180
Singles: Never Ending Song of Love, I Think About Your Lovin'
One Way Rider - 1984
Label: Warner Brothers Records 1-25070
Singles: She's Ready For Someone To Love Her, Where Does An Angel Go When She Cries, One Way Rider
Suzanne - 1985 (?)


  • The Osmond Brothers' sonic similarities to The Jackson 5 have been a source of both criticism and humor throughout the years. Critics charge that the Osmonds were subconsciously mimicking the Jacksons' sound for a white audience, while the group's fans contend that their best work is equal to, or at least more ambitious than, The Jackson 5's hits.
    • As early as 1972, one of Cheech and Chong's many "Dave" comedy routines finds stoners Dave and Pedro watching a TV movie called The Jackson 5 Story, Starring The Osmond Brothers. Pedro shuts off the television and says"TV's a bummer, man."
    • In a 2005 Sprint PCS advertisement, a still youthful-looking Donny jokes that Sprint allows him to save whenever he calls family members including Jimmy, Marie, and Tito Jackson.
    • Comedy music group The Credibility Gap released a single, entitled "Foreign Novelty Smash", which was described as "The Osmonds imitating The Jacksons in German". The song's lyrics consist of random German phrases.
  • "Crazy Horses" has been covered by many bands, among them: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, KMFDM, a German industrial band, on their single "Godlike", Demented Are Go, a Welsh psychobilly band, on their debut album In Sickness & In Health, and Lawnmower Deth on their album Return of the Fabulous Metal Bozo Clowns.
  • Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert covered "Hold Her Tight" on his solo CD Eleven Thousand Notes.
  • Donny Osmond made a cameo appearance in Weird Al Yankovic's video "White & Nerdy".
  • The band was lampooned because of their strikingly similar gleaming dental work - the British satirical sketch show Not The Nine O'Clock News once read a spoof headline which said: "In the Osmonds' split-up, Donny Osmond has been awarded custody of the teeth."
  • An episode of the British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, entitled "Polymorph", features the character Rimmer issuing his own Space Corps Directive, which states: "Never tangle with anything that's got more teeth than the entire Osmond family."

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music quintet (and briefly a sextet and quartet) from Gary, Indiana. ... Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were a comedy duo who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the eras hippie, free love and especially drug culture movements. ... This article is about the telecommunications company; see sprints for the running term. ... James Jimmy Arthur Osmond (born April 16, 1963 in Canoga Park, California) is a singer, actor, and businessman. ... Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah) is an American actress, singer, and a member of the show business family, The Osmonds. ... Toriano Adaryll Tito Jackson (born on October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and guitarist and a charter member of the The Jackson 5. ... The Credibility Gap was a satirical comedy team comprising Harry Shearer, Richard Beebe, David L. Lander and Michael McKean. ... Alex Harvey (February 5, 1935 - February 4, 1982) was a Scottish rock and roll performer. ... KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. ... Godlike is a KMFDM single off of the album Naïve. ... Demented are Go are a Welsh psychobilly band that was formed around 1982 in Cardiff. ... For the BBC sitcom, see In Sickness and in Health In Sickness & In Health is the debut album of Welsh psychobilly band Demented Are Go. ... Lawnmower Deth were an English Thrash Metal band of the late 80s and early 90s, who to an extent parodied the genre while also recording three-and-a-half well regarded albums. ... Mr. ... Paul Brandon Gilbert (November 6, 1966) is a guitarist best known for his work with Racer X and Mr. ... This article is about the musician. ... Straight Outta Lynwood track listing White & Nerdy Pancreas Canadian Idiot Ill Sue Ya Polkarama! Virus Alert Confessions Part III Weasel Stomping Day Close But No Cigar Do I Creep You Out Trapped in the Drive-Thru Dont Download This Song White & Nerdy is the second single from Weird... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... Not the Nine OClock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. ... For the song from The Rocky Horror Show, see Science Fiction/Double Feature. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... For the type of star, see Red dwarf. ... Arnold Judas Rimmer BSc, SSc (Bronze Swimming certificate, Silver Swimming certificate), who sometimes goes by Arnold Jonathan Rimmer, is a fictional character in the television series Red Dwarf, played by Chris Barrie. ... The Space Corp Directives are a running joke from the British sitcom Red Dwarf. ...

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