Top 5 Donny Osmond Songs From The 1970's

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Puppy Love!

Ah, Donny Osmond. Sweet memories. My first love, and at that time, my only love. Up until that point I didn't know what love was. To me, boys were boys, and girls were girls, and, well I was just 13 years old.


I remember the very first time I saw Donny on TV. Oh the romance of the moment. I was sitting at the dinner table, I can see it now. Roast beef boiled potatoes and carrots. Those carrots were so orange and red they stand out in my mind. Why?

Because I choked on the darn things!

Donny was on, I think, something like the Royal Variety program. I turned round to watch him sing, and that was the first time I saw him.

And in that tiny little second something strange happened to my body and mind. I felt like my stomach was dropping to my boots, my head felt hot and in my mire so to speak, I swallowed a carrot and it went down the wrong way!

My mum jumped up and bashed me on the back. I remember flapping my hands at her to 'Get out the darn way!' If I was going to suffocate then at least let me see my love!

Ah memories!

Of course, since then he has influenced my choice of men. They were always dark haired, and slim.

So this article is in tribute to my first love. Donny Osmond.

Thank you Donny.

Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond

Young Love - 1973

In 1973 Donny revived this 1956 hit. First written by Ric Carter and Carole Joyner. It was a hit many times over the following years, by singers such as Sonny James and Tab Hunter.

But this is the best version, and very appropriate as my first choice.

Puppy Love - 1972

This is a good choice of song with me in mind. Lets face it, what I felt for Donny Osmond at that time was pretty much this. Puppy Love. I suppose you could say an enormous crush! But boy did that crush happen!

The song was first written by Paul Anka in 1960. He wrote the song for his love. Annette Funicello who he was dating at that time. The love may not have lasted. But the song has endured.


Puppy Love - 1972

Too Young - 1972

Another very appropriate song. Too Young! I loved this one, as it seemed at the time as though it were written for me and Donny! Ah youth, so young and innocent. But magical none the less.

Too Young was the fourth studio album by Donny Osmond, and released in 1972.Both Too Young and Why reached the Top 20. The album was certified Gold at the RIAA in 1973.

A Time For Us - 1973

A Time For Us is the sixth studio album by Donny Osmond. It reached the top 100 and also certified Gold in January 1974.

The song A Time For Us was also The Love Theme of the film Romeo and Juliet made in 1968, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting.

If you want to watch any Shakespeare play then this is the one. It is a fabulous film!


When I Fall In Love - 1973

When I Fall In Love was written by Victor Young who wrote the music, and Edward Hayman, who came up with the wonderful lyrics way back in April 1952. In fact it was first sung in the Movie 'One Minute to Zero'. Starring Robert Mitchum and Ann Blythe.

Its one of my favorite Donny Songs ever!

The Twelfth of Never - 1973

The Twelfth of Never written and performed by Johnny Mathis was first released in 1957. Cliff Richard also recorded the record. But the most popular and well known version was of course, recorded and sung by Donny Osmond in 1973.

This is my favorite of all Donny Osmond records. The first time I heard it I fell in love with the song, and after all these years it brings a tear to my eye to remember those days when I first fell in love.

Donny Osmond at 18
Donny Osmond at 18

Since then......

So, what has Donny been doing over the years since? Well for many years Donny and his sister Marie have been performing together, then came the famous Coat of Many Colours where he played Joseph, and to top it off he eventually won Dancing with the Stars, back in 2009.

He has also been known to host a few game shows in his time, such as Pyramid and The Great American Dream Vote.

Along with Radio shows and Musical theater, Donny is as successful today as he was back then as a teen. One of the reasons that Donny is still in the public eye is because he has learned to adapt and change. His music is different, more mellow and he has embraced his work in films and TV.

And he is still as handsome as ever. Maybe not in that boyish cute kind of way, but in a warm friendly smiling way.

Donny still has millions of fans all over the world. And that includes me too. I may be an adult now with many years on the clock, but I still remember that first flush of love when I looked across at the TV sitting in the corner of the room, and thinking, 'Wow who is that boy?' And Because of that moment, I met and married a dark haired man.


Donny Osmond Today.
Donny Osmond Today.

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MartieCoetser 9 months ago from South Africa

Auw. Donny Osmond.... and his sister Mary! I was so in love with him. My wardrobe and bedroom door were lined with posters of him. (We were not allowed to put any posters on the walls!) Whenever I hear one of his songs today, I cry. Of course, I mourn the passing of my youth and innocence. That listening to music, flat on my back or tummy, alone or in the company of friends, with only dreams in my heart, auw, what will I give to have all of that back :)

Thanks, Nell, for making me remember how wonderful it was to be a young teenager in love with Donny Osmond. May you have an awesome Valentines Day :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 9 months ago

Boy do these songs take me back and put a smile on my face. My husband is going to roll his eyes when I start singing "Puppy Love" today! Happy Valentine's Day.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Hi Martie, yes you have put that exactly the way I was thinking! and yes it makes me cry too, for those reasons. I would love to be back there, and feel those feelings of magic of the future, with the excitement that comes with knowing you have it all in front of you, have a wonderful Valentines Day.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

lol! thanks Glimmer! yes me too! I was singing them all evening yesterday as I was writing this! In fact the singing took over from the writing!


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billybuc 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

Wow, you are really going back into the musical archives for this one. He was an oddity considering the musical landscape when he was singing.....and yet he was popular. Personally I was much more fond of Marie. :)


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

lol! thanks billy, yes a long time ago, I choked on a carrot! LOL! wasn't it lovely being kids?


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MsDora 9 months ago from The Caribbean

Nell, sweet of you to share this love story on Valentine's Day. Yes, Donny is still handsome and what a beautiful tribute to him!


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

I remember Donny well, and I loved all his songs. He and Marie look so much alike. I loved their show. Ah the good old times when variety shows were the best. Thanks for the memories and videos.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks MsDora, yes a bit tongue in cheek so to speak, lol! but true back then, nell


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, yes those shows were amazing! I don't think there are any like it now, thanks for reading, nell


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AliciaC 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing the memories, Nell. The feature that I remember best about Donny Osmond is his earlier career was his lovely smile. I absolutely loved the Romeo and Juliet movie that you mentioned!


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DDE 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Valentines day is such a love day. The songs you listed here are good too.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub Nell, bringing back the memories and it is great that Donny is as successful now as ever and still a good looking guy. I admit to liking his songs especially those he sang with Marie who I had a crush on :)

What was that song "Other side of the Mountain" or something? Thanks for sharing.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, yes he had the most gorgeous smile didn't he? ah memories! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks DDE, glad you liked it, nell

Hi John, it was 'Morning side of the mountain' He sang it with Marie, great song! and thanks as always, nell


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Vellur 9 months ago from Dubai

Donny Osmond is new to me, I have heard Cliff Richards though. Thank you for the introduction.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

So nice of you to share this love story on Valentine's Day. It is a beautiful tribute to Donny Osmond, bringing back the loving memories. It is great that Donny is as successful now as ever and so good looking too.

The songs you listed are so appropriate for Valentine's day.

Great hub and thanks for sharing!


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, he was around in the 70s but still very popular today, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks Chitrangada, always lovely to see you, and yes Donny was and is still gorgeous!


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Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago

Nell, I don't think I missed an episode of Donnie and Marie. Donnie was probably every little girl's dream.

Thank you for sharing each and every song.

Blessings and hugs


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Aw thanks Shyron, yes every girls dream, memories! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Jewels 9 months ago from Australia

Well well well Nell! Memories and time associations of my teenage years. So timely on Valentines Day to boot. Think this hub will do very well with the baby boomers. :)


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Hi Jewels, thanks, I just suddenly saw him in my mind and thought, aw I used to love him! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

A great share Nell Rose, I didnt know who Donny Osmond was, but I utubed some of the songs you listed... very nice :)


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks Frank, just browsing down my memories! lol!


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aviannovice 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I think if you grew up with The Osmonds, Donny was your secret crush.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks Deb, he certainly was!


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Besarien 9 months ago

Hello NellRose! This hub is such a blast from the past for me! So many memories. I owned Puppy Love. It had Let My People Go on the flipside which is why a family member gave it to me for my birthday in 1972. I remember a friend from school named Penny who wore purple socks in Donny's honor. She and I choreographed a really silly dance routine to Puppy Love in my sister's full length mirror to entertain ourselves on a rainy day that summer, probably 1973. I can smell the musty citrus funk of Diorella which I'm pretty sure my sister used to bathe in when she bathed at all. I remember couple skating once with a really cute boy to The 12th of Never. Everybody smelled like Ten o Six lotion and Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers so that was probably about 1974. The seventies were so much fun when they weren't completely terrifying.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Yes of course! let my people go! I forgot about that! LOL! and yes you got that totally right! the smell, the terror, oh how lovely were the 70s! thanks for the laugh Besarien!


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

Donny Osmond was a cute kid and has turned into a very good looking man as well. I am still smiling over that rather violent reaction you had when first spotting him on television. Glad you did not end your life at that moment because of choking on a carrot. :)) Pinning to my Interesting People board and will also share.


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

LOL! thanks Peggy! yes those carrots! thanks for reading, nell


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bravewarrior 9 months ago from Central Florida

Don't you just want to run your fingers through that gorgeous head of hair?!

I still remember all the words to "Puppy Love", but didn't realize it until I found myself singing along. Goodness, he didn't sound like his hormones had kicked in enough to know that tummy-tingling feeling we all remember so well!

Nell, does your husband realize he's your Donny Wanna Be? Ha ha. I'll never tell!


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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

lol! Hi Shauna, yes I told him! he sort of grunted, grinned and said ah well! LOL! thanks for reading, and yes Donny was so cute!


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vocalcoach 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

What a fabulous photo of Donny (top of the page). This hub is full of fun facts and videos about one of my favorite singers. He was amazing on Broadway in "Joseph and the colored dream coat."

Big thanks Nell! Sharing.


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Thanks Audrey, yes he was my first love! LOL! glad you liked it, nell


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Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago

Awe Nell, who wasn't in love with Donnie? You can include me and all the men loved Marie.

The videos I did enjoy and the conjured up more memories than I can handle for today, that means I will be back to read this again to listen to the videos again.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

HI Shyron, thanks for reading, yes he was lovely back then wasn't he? glad you liked it, nell


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Sunshine625 8 months ago from Orlando, FL

Awww! This brings back fun memories. I was a big fan of Puppy Love. A friend of mine and I were singing "I'm a little bit country, he's a little bit rock and roll..." just yesterday!! :)


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fpherj48 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Donny Osmond was always a cutey.....and he & Marie had a fun TV show for a while. She turned into a gorgeous woman.....(lots of surgery, money & make-up) I haven't seen Donny in a long time.

Good hub, Nell!


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Thanks Linda, yes many years ago I choked on a carrot! LOL! but I still love him, he is great isn't he? thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Thanks Paula, no we don't get him over here much these days, and as for Marie I haven't seen her in years, just brings back memories, those were the days! lol!


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

This brought back old memories of playing his albums and watching the Donnie and Marie Show every Friday night! I even went to a concert with my dad and owned Donnie and Marie dolls.


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Nell Rose 7 months ago from England Author

lol! sounds like you were a big fan like me! the only difference is that I never got to go see them unfortunately, thanks so much flourish!


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Say Yes To Life 6 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

A friend of mine saw The Osmonds in concert in the early 70s, and she said at one point, Donny looked straight at her. That is a memory to be treasured forever!

Donny has done really well. He is still married to his first wife; they have five sons. Several years back, his oldest son married and they had their first child, a daughter. Donny said, "Finally! Ain't it time!". As you know, he came from a family with nine kids, and Marie was the only girl.


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Nell Rose 6 months ago from England Author

Hi Say Yes, wow! I would treasure that too! He is amazing isn't he? thanks so much for reading, nell


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vocalcoach 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

HI Nell

I'm back again for a second read about the one-and-only Donny Osmond. I actually performed on the same stage and for the same venue as Donny years ago. It was a television telethon to raise money for a children's cancer benefit.

Donny's best performance (in my opinion) was his role as Joseph in the Broadway production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Colored Dreamcoat."

I love the photos you've selected for your hub. "Puppy Love" will always linger in my memories as Donnys best.

Thanks once again for this entertaining and fabulous hub. Sharing.

Hugs

Audrey


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Nell Rose 3 months ago from England Author

Thanks Audrey, wow I didn't realise that you had sung on the same stage! How amazing! I am goin on stage this year so really nervous! lol!


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fpherj48 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell....Donny Osmond!!?? Holy Moly girl, Nothing like a blast from the past. The Donny & Marie show was very entertaining...."I'm a little bit country.......I'm a little bit rock n roll".....Yeah baby! They were such a cute brother & sister routine.

I was going to say exactly what Audrey said about Donny's amazing role in the Broadway Show, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

BTW.....Marie looks like a Million Bucks in her "Nutri System" Ads!!

Thanks for awakening my fond memories from the past! Love, Paula


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Nell Rose 3 months ago from England Author

HiyaPaula, lol! I fell in love with him over carrots and beef! LOL! never saw the Donny and Marie show, maybe one or two? can't remember. but yes watching him now is pretty weird! lol! always great to see you Paula, nell

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