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The Osmonds
The Osmond brothers
The Osmond brothers
Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond

The Osmonds are an iconic music group well-known for being part of a clean-cut, devout Mormon family. The group started on The Andy Williams Show in the 1960s, then went on to produce ten Top 40 hits in the early 1970s, including the Top Ten hits "One Bad Apple", "Yo-Yo," and "Down By The Lazy River." Originally comprised of brothers Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Jay Osmond, the group soon included younger brother Donny Osmond. Four months after The Osmonds scored their first hit (1971's #1 "One Bad Apple"), Donny had a solo Top Ten hit with "Sweet and Innocent," which was followed immediately by the #1 smash hit "Go Away Little Girl." Emerging as the top teen idol of the 1970s, Donny went on to generate thirteen Top 40 hits by 1976.  Meanwhile, youngest brother Jimmy Osmond had a Top 40 solo hit in 1972 with "Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool," while sister Marie Osmond had three solo Top 40 hits (including 1973's #5 hit Paper Roses) and another six Top 40 hits that were duets with Donny (including 1974's #4 hit I'm Leaving It All Up To You).  The success of these duets paved the way for the popular Donny & Marie variety show from 1976 to 1979, which was produced by the pair's older brothers and filmed in a studio built and operated by the family. By the time the decade was over, members of the Osmond family had generated a total of 36 Top 40 hits, 29 of which had included Donny. In the 1980s, The Osmonds (without Donny) had two Top 40 country hits, while Marie scored a #1 country hit with "Meet Me in Montana," a duet with Dan Seals. Donny had a brief comeback with his 1989 album Soldier of Love, the title track of which rose to #2 on the charts. In the '80s and '90s, Donny and Marie both appeared on Broadway, Marie in The King and I and The Sound of Music, Donny logging in more than 2,000 performances in the title role of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The pair also hosted Donny & Marie, a talk show that ran from 1998 to 2000. In the 1990s, the family opened the Osmond Family Theater in Branson, Missouri, where they still occasionally perform. However, the torch had already been passed on in the 1980s, when Alan Osmond's eight sons began performing as The Osmonds--Second Generation.

In 2008, Marie Osmond appeared on reality show Dancing With the Stars, famously fainting on camera during one episode. The next year, Donny appeared on the same stage and avenged his sister by winning the competition.

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