The Osmonds are an American family music group who reached the height of their fame in the early-1970s. The group consists of siblings who are all members of the Osmond family, a family of musicians from Ogden, Utah, who have been in the public eye since the 1960s.
The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny and Jimmy, both of whom enjoyed success as solo artists as well. With the addition of Donny, the group became known as The Osmonds; performing both as teen idols and as a soft rock band, their peak lasted from 1971 to 1975. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful career in 1973, both as a solo artist and as Donny’s duet partner. By 1976, the band was no longer producing hit singles; that year, they transitioned into television with Donny & Marie, a popular variety show that ran until 1979.
A revival of the original Osmond Brothers lineup in the 1980s achieved moderate success in country music, and both Donny and Marie separately made comebacks in their respective fields in the late-1980s. The Osmonds have sold 77 million records worldwide.
As of 2019, The Osmond Brothers as a group is composed of original members Merrill and Jay, along with Alan’s son, David Osmond (who had minor success both as lead singer of a “second generation” of The Osmonds and as a solo artist); they are occasionally joined by Marie, who will end an 11-year Las Vegas residency with Donny on November 16, 2019.
Donald Clark Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American singer, dancer, actor and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. In the mid-1960s, he and four of his elder brothers gained fame as the Osmonds. Osmond went solo in the early 1970s, earning several top ten hits including, “Go Away Little Girl,” “Puppy Love,” and later, “Soldier of Love.”
For more than 40 years, he and younger sister Marie have also gained fame as Donny & Marie, partly due to the success of their 1976–79 self-titled variety series, which aired on ABC and a string of gold records. The duo also did a 1998–2000 talk show and have been headlining in Las Vegas since 2008.
Osmond has been successful on two reality TV competition shows, having won season 9 of Dancing with the Stars and been the runner-up for the first season of The Masked Singer.
Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, actress, author, philanthropist, talk show host and a member of the show business family the Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family’s singing group, she gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known song is a remake of the country pop ballad “Paper Roses”. From 1976 to 1979, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond hosted the television variety show Donny & Marie. Osmond is set to premiere as new co-host on The Talk in 2019.