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The Osmonds: The Official Story of the Osmond Family

Dunn, Paul H.

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ISBN 10: 0884942783 / ISBN 13: 9780884942788
Published by Bookcraft, Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1975
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246 p. 24 cm. Illustrations (130 pictures per DJ flap). From Wikipedia: The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career a career that took them from singing barbershop music as children, to achieving success as teen-music idols, to producing a hit television show, and to continued success as solo and group performers.When it began as a barbershop quartet, the group consisted of brothers Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny Osmond and Jimmy Osmond. Their only sister Marie Osmond, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in 1973.The group have sold 102 million records worldwide. The Osmond Brothers' career began in 1958 when Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay began singing barbershop music for local audiences in and around their hometown of Ogden, Utah. In their made-for-TV movie "Inside the Osmonds, " the Osmonds explain that they originally performed to earn money to support Virl and Tom in buying hearing aids and serving missions for their church.While the Osmond Brothers were performing on a televised Disney special, Andy Williams' father saw them and was so impressed he told his son to book them for his television show. Andy did, and the Osmond Brothers were regulars on Andy Williams' show from 1962 to 1969, where they earned the nickname "one-take Osmonds" among staff due to their professionalism and tireless rehearsing. Donny soon joined them on the show, making the Osmond Brothers a 5-member group. Marie and Jimmy were also introduced on the show as the years went by. During this time, the Osmonds also toured Europe, performing with Sweden's most popular singer, Lars Lönndahl, and even releasing a single where they sang a Swedish version of "Two dirty little hands" ("Fem smutsiga små fingrar"). The Osmond Brothers were regulars on the Jerry Lewis Show in 1969, and they continued to tour and perform with Andy Williams. But soon the Osmond Brothers decided they wanted to perform popular music and shed their variety-show image. They wanted to become a rock-and-roll band. This change was a difficult one for their father, who was suspicious of rock and roll. But he was persuaded, and the boys began performing as a pop band. To this end, the Osmonds recorded a single, "Flower Music", for UNI records in 1967. They achieved only modest success at first, but they found fame in 1971. Record producer Mike Curb saw the Osmonds (no longer called "The Osmond Brothers") perform as a band and recognized that they combined a rare mix of polished performing style, instrumental skill, and vocal talent. He helped the Osmonds get a record contract with MGM, and arranged for them to record at Muscle Shoals with R&B producer Rick Hall. Under Hall's guidance, the Osmonds hit the top spot on the pop chart with "One Bad Apple" (Billboard No. 1) in 1971. The Osmonds soon had hits with other light, R&B-style pop numbers like "Double Lovin'" (Billboard No. 14) and "Yo-Yo" (Billboard No. 3). In each of these hits, the formula was the same; Merrill sang lead, and Donny was "co-lead" in essence, singing the "hook" or "chorus" of the song. At this time the Osmonds also recorded several hits that were billed to Donny, the lead soloist on the songs. They included "Sweet and Innocent" (Billboard No. 7), "Go Away Little Girl" (Billboard No. 1), "Hey Girl"/"I Knew You When" (Billboard No. 9), and "Puppy Love" (Billboard No. 3). It was at this time, 1971 and 1972, that the Osmonds were at their peak of popularity. After this early "bubblegum soul" phase, the Osmonds began writing their own music, and their sound moved towards rock and roll with hits like "Down by the Lazy River" (#4), "Hold Her Tight" (Billboard No. 14), and "Crazy Horses" (#14). The Crazy Horses album was the band's first really personal statement the brothers have been quoted as saying that the title song refers to air pollution from cars. They wrote all th. Bookseller Inventory # 68356

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Title: The Osmonds: The Official Story of the ...

Publisher: Bookcraft, Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing stated.

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This book contains the true story of a remarkable family and group of entertainers. The author has captured the fun and the fascination of show business, along with its more serious moments, as these have made their impact upon this family. There emerges a heart-warming, intensely readable account of the Osmonds' route to success, from the earliest beginnings to current days of multiple gold-record status and international fame. Accompanied by many photographs.

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