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Old 08-15-2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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Osmonds Reunite in Las Vegas for 50th Anniversary Reunion Show

Osmonds Reunite in Las Vegas
By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press Writer
4 hours ago

LAS VEGAS - The Osmond Brothers, joined by siblings Donny, Marie and Jimmy, took the stage this week to tape a 50th anniversary reunion show to be aired on PBS next year.

A meeting of no less than seven singing Osmonds onstage hadn't happened in more than 20 years, the siblings say, although no one seems to remember the exact date of the last full family concert. That's likely because some combination of the clan is perpetually performing.

"We do over 200 shows a year," Wayne Osmond told The Associated Press Tuesday before the second night of taping for the TV special, "Still."

The PBS concert celebrates the anniversary of the Osmond family's original foray into show business, the creation of the Osmond Brothers barbershop quartet in 1957.

Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond, led by their strict Army sergeant father, worked the state fair circuit in Utah until a visit to Disneyland led to a television debut on "Disney After Dark" in 1962.

The brothers became regulars on "The Andy Williams Show," where they made their name and forged the wholesome and peppy image that would carry through to each of the later configurations of Osmond family performers.

In an interview with the AP, the four cheerful Osmond brothers described their careers and craft in language few younger, cooler musicians would utter.

On the joy of performing: "It's just a reminder that we're all one big happy family," Merrill Osmond said.

On the reunion show: "We make a great shepherd's pie. ... with a pretty garnish named Marie," Jimmy Osmond said.

On what the Osmonds stand for: "We believe in America and the flag. All of my eight sons were Eagle scouts," Alan Osmond said.

Marie Osmond, 47, said her brothers always have been happily out of step with hard-living show business. That's left their accomplishments and savvy under-appreciated, she said.

The Osmonds have recorded 142 albums, selling 100 million copies with 51 gold and platinum recordings. In 1971, the Osmond brothers, including then-heartthrob Donny, tallied nine gold records, surpassing single-year bests by Elvis and the Beatles.

"I don't think they've been honored or the accolades haven't been what they should be," Marie Osmond said. "We think it could be that in the '70s it was drugs, sex and alcohol, and they were clean cut. They were God-fearing moral men."

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On the Net: "The Osmond's 50th Anniversary," http://www.osmonds50th.com/
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WOW !! They sure bring back some GREAT memories. Can't wait to see this on PBS next year in March.


I just went to their site and ordered 5 DVDs that I never knew were released.
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I will proudly step up and admit to having been an Osmond fan long ago and still. Good for them!
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I have been in love with Donny Osmond for the longest time

Because of him, my favourite colour is purple
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I have been in love with Donny Osmond for the longest time

Because of him, my favourite colour is purple
HURRAY !! Another Osmond fan, heard from !!

I was beginning to think it was only Carek and myself who ever knew of the Osmonds.

I have seen some episodes of the Donny & Marie Show were Donny always had on 'purple' socks ... no matter what 'outfit' he was wearing.

My favorite performer was indeed Merrill ... his vocals on 'Crazy Horses' explains why.

Although, it's not so surprising, as I've always 'taken a shine' to 'lead vocalists' in bands than the actual instrumental musicians.

It will probably never change with me, either ... it's always been that way, as lead vocalists get the most attention.

And besides Donny ... Merrill was absolutely gorgeous, too !!
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That ridiculous 'edit clause' strikes again.

And all because I decided to edit to add the line "And besides Donny, Merrill was gorgeous too" !!
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I had a few pictures of Donny taped to my wall back in the day.
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Donny used to be so cute before all that Botox-nothing wrong with it but his just looks too unnatural.

I miss his face moving
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I knew I would see Doozer and Martha in this thread!!














okay...I'll admit it too...I was a HUGE fan, to the point of crying when Donny came on TV
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she still has some Osmond 45's!
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(I think I still might.)
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That smilie has Osmond teeth!
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