Donny, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Jimmy and Marie Osmond were all discovered by singing star Andy Williams and while featured on his top rated weekly TV show in the 60’s they also performed in concert with Andy.
In 1971 “One Bad Apple” topped the Hit Parade, followed by “Yo-Yo”, “Down by the Lazy River” and “Love Me for a Reason.” As a solo artist with a dozen hits, Donny Osmond, born on December 9, 1957 added his own million sellers, “Sweet & Innocent,” “Go Away Little Girl,” “Hey Girl,” “Puppy Love,” “The Twelfth of Never” and “Soldier of Love.”
In 1973, the lone sister in the family, Marie Osmond contributed “Paper Roses” when it reached the top of both the Pop and Country Hit Parade. As a duo in 1974, Donny & Marie teamed up to add gold records for “I’m Leaving It all Up To You” and “Morning Side of the Mountain.” Their “Donny & Marie” tv show ran nationally for three years starting in 1976. Donny & Marie continue to perform in Las Vegas at the Flamingo hotel. Jimmy, the youngest of the Osmond clan remains the youngest performer to have a #1 hit in England with “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool” in 1972.
Having sold more than 100 million records world-wide, recently both Marie and Donny Osmond were contestants in the “Dancing with the Stars” tv show.
The Osmonds were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.