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American family pop group the Osmonds with their successfully achieved worldwide success as teenage music idols in the 1970s, originally was comprised of the Osmond brothers themselves, namely Alan Ralph Osmond (born on June 22, 1949), Melvin Wayne Osmond or better 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) and later in future, younger siblings (Olive) Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) and ?Little' Jimmy Osmond (born April 16, 1963) also joined the group.
Since unfortunately, older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (born October 19, 1945), and Thomas Rulon Osmond (born October 26, 1947) were born with hearing-impairment, they did not appear on any of the records, but afterwards, they occasionally performed and appeared on various TV shows with their siblings.
The Osmonds' career started with a big break at Disneyland. After that, they made regular appearances on The Andy Williams Show in the early 1960s. In the mid-60s they got the chance to perform with Sweden's most admired singer Lars L?nndahl, and consequently, earned sufficient fame in Sweden. Though, it was the 1970's which was the most booming period for the Osmonds, when they achieved success for a string of chart hits they gave.
The Osmonds also appeared on a self-titled Rankin/Bass-produced Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC-TV from 1972 to 1973. Donny and brother Jimmy both achieved success as solo artists, as did their only sister, (Olive) Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959). Marie's signature hit was the country song Paper Roses. Jimmy attained sufficient fame in the UK and Japan, particularly for his single Long Haired Lover From Liverpool), while Donny and Marie's success achieved worldwide success. Donny and Marie also performed as a duo, and hosted their own variety show, Donny & Marie, on ABC from 1976 to 1979.
The Osmonds got a breakthrough in their career after they gave the US hit, One Bad Apple, featuring lead vocals by Merrill and Donny, had mysterious similarity to the 'bubblegum soul' sound of the contemporary band, The Jackson 5. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1971, and even hit #6 on the R&B chart. The single and their self-titled debut album (called The Osmonds) were recorded at Muscle Shoals by the legendary R&B producer Rick Hall.
After One Bad Apple, Double Lovin' attainted quite some fame and stalled at #14, but the wild number Yo-Yo climbed all the way to #3 in late 1971. Yo-Yo marks the point where the brothers became a self-sufficient rock and roll band. Regardless of their squeaky clean style, the Osmonds had a soulful, sometimes rasping sound which was a pioneer of the power pop of later years.
Their first single release of 1972, Down By The Lazy River, reached #4 and finally broke the group in the UK, where it peaked at #40. Their British fan base exploded all night. All members of the Osmond family, counting group and solo recordings, gave astounding thirteen singles in the UK charts during 1973.
Wayne, Jay, Jimmy, and sometimes Merrill persisted to perform as The Osmond Brothers, with regular appearances in Branson, Missouri, in addition to the UK, both as a quartet with Jimmy. Merrill also performs as a solo artist and gives regular performances in Branson, Missouri and Europe. Alan no longer performs but occasionally, as he suffers from multiple sclerosis. Today, they possess more of a country & western style of music, with a touch of rock, and adult contemporary.
Jimmy performs in Branson and the UK, as well, and has become a booming businessman. He appeared in the UK series I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.Apart from having music as a career, 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 has retained a successful touring and recording pop career in the UK, and occasionally the US. 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.
All of the brothers are married with some of them having large families themselves. Alan's eight sons sometimes perform as The Osmonds - Second Generation or 2ndG. After the revival 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.On November 6, 2007, Patriarch George Osmond died at 90 in Salt Lake City.