Donny Osmond: America's Favorite 70's Teen Idol

young Donny Osmond.
young Donny Osmond. | Source

Donny Osmond was born on December 9, 1957 to parents Geaorge and Olive Osmond in Ogden, Utah. He is the seventh of nine children in the family which is 8 boys and 1 girl. All of the Osmond family have a long career, that started out from their humble start singing at barbershop harmony on Main Street Disneyland. Soon after that, Donny and his brothers achieved fame and success around the world as teen idols.

The Osmond Brothers- "One Bad Apple" (1971)

The Osmond Brothers

Teen Idol

In the early 1970s, when Donny was just a teenager, he and his brothers became the top entertainment sensations in music. The Osmond Brothers, released hits and toured busily around the world. Donny's debut single, "Sweet and Innocent," reached the first top 10 when he was fourteen years old. Donny later went on to sell mega-selling songs like "Go Away Little Girl," "Puppy Love" and "Too Young." Donny along with his sibling group "The Osmond Brothers" dominated the U.K. by storm, which quickly became well known as "OsmondMania" with the result of gaining a'lot of frenzied fans just like the Beatles. Donny Osmond's track "Puppy Love" reached #1 in the U.K. and was a successful selling song single internationally as well.

Donny Osmond- "Go Away Little Girl" (1971)

Donny Osmond- "Too Young" (1972)

The Osmond Brothers and Marie Osmond.
The Osmond Brothers and Marie Osmond. | Source
Donny Osmonds debut album released in 1971.
Donny Osmonds debut album released in 1971. | Source
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Donny and Marie Osmond: The Twosome Duet Partners

Donny and his sister Marie Osmond, started a series of duet performances and albums. Some included more top 10 smash hits such as "I'm Leaving It All To You" and "Morning Side of The Mountain." The twosome also went on to host a successful television veriaty show called "The Donny and Marie Show." They are also both on The Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest prime time television hosts. They also add to their awards list The People's Choice Awards.

At the present, Donny does performances at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel along with his sister, Marie Osmond. The show first started back in September 2008 and was set to be scheduled only for six months, but since to their surprise the audience response was so strong that the Flamingo as soon as possible requested for a two year extension. Donny and Marie's show was set to continue until October 2010.

The duet twosome: Donny and Marie Osmond.
The duet twosome: Donny and Marie Osmond. | Source

Donny and Marie Osmond- "I'm Leaving It all Up to You" (

Donny and Marie Osmond- "Morning Side of the Mountain" (1974)

Donny and Marie Osmond Show

The Twosome duet siblings: Donny and Marie Osmond in 2009.
The Twosome duet siblings: Donny and Marie Osmond in 2009. | Source
The Donny and Marie Osmond greatest hits album which includes their hit song "I'm Leaving it All Up To You" and other greats.
The Donny and Marie Osmond greatest hits album which includes their hit song "I'm Leaving it All Up To You" and other greats. | Source

Donny Osmond's times of Struggling and Success


In the 80's, Donny battled agaisnt his teeny Bopper image; that even some of his closest friends suggested him to change his name. He then later met English rocker Peter Gabriel in whom the edgier Donny Osmond appeared with his song "Soldier of Love" that was written and produced by Sturken and Rogers. For his great success the song reached way up to the top of the Billboard charts and was awarded the "Top Pop Male Artist of the Year" he continued to prove them with songs like "My Love Is A Fire" and "Sacred Emotion" wich became a top five hit in VH1.

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Donny Osmond- "Soldier of Love" (1989)

Philanthropy

Donny Osmond besides being a great success in music and television he has also donated millinos of dollars throught the years to several charitable organizations like The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Best Buddies, The Children's Miracle Network, and The One Heart Foundation. Donny is also the author of The New York Times Bestseller "Life Is what You Make It" in which in this book he revealed his war with social phobia, an anxiety disorder that not only hurt his career, but his life as well. He also narrated a PBS documentary "Afraid of People" whose major goal was to bring to light this little known phobia to the world's attention.

An Inspiration

What is so inspiring about Donny Osmond is that for 5 decades he has been making a positive difference in other people's lives. He has passed the test and proven to the whole world that he is not only the greatest singer and songwriter, but also a caring and compassionate humanitarian. His secret to success is through hard work and dedication that has garnered him with success through the years.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, well congrats, you made me laugh and you made me cry! lol I fell in love with Donny when I was 13 and taking one look at him on the tv, I nearly choked on my dinner! ha ha I had never felt like that over any body else, it was my first crush and I fell so hard I nearly hit the floor! I of course, had to make the mistake of listening to Puppy Love, above, and at first it made me laugh because it brought back all the old memories, but then it got too real, and it made me sad! lol now I am a blubbering mess, gotta go get a tissue! hee hee


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I had crushes on both Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson in the early 1970s. I had a friend who was lucky enough to actually attend an Osmond Brothers concert, and she said at one point Donny looked directly at her!

I read about his struggles in the 1980s and 1990s, but he needs to appreciate the fact that his personal life is very together. Apparently, he lives by his squeaky clean image. He married only once, and he has no scandals. He's even still good looking! And he's alive to enjoy his success, unlike Michael Jackson.

It may be popular to put down teenybopper music, but young adolescents need a safe vent for their budding sexuality. Donny Osmond has created an excellent medium for this!

Thanks, Donny Osmond, for being there!


Rayne123 22 months ago

These guys were multi talented. They could play many instruments and if you watch on you tube their show at the Ohio fair 1971( I think that was the year), you will get an idea of how well they play.

Donny is amazing on the keyboards and Jay does a drum solo.

I did research and just recently found out that Jay Osmond was one of the 10 best drummers in the United states.

If you would like I also recently came across this video of them dancing to yoyo. I think their moves were amazing, right on, not a second off.

Here is the link if you would like to view it or add it to this hub.

http://youtu.be/jlA-z0du1Pg

Donny also does a remake of this song with some dancers, a for his age man he could still move.

I wish I would have had the chance to see them in person. Not sure if Donny and Marie still play in Vegas but would love to see them if so.

Many blessings

Laurie


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pongogirl2 22 months ago from California, USA Author

thanks for reading my article:) I like listening to their music.


Rayne123 22 months ago

Your quite welcome and a great article it is.

You have a lot of good information in this hub.

Thank you

Laurie

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