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Brothers Singing Act

Updated on March 19, 2011

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Singing Brothers

Now we all know the Jonas Brothers didn't invent the Brothers Singing Act, or did we?

If we aren't old enough to know or figure out, there was indeed a time long before the Jonas Brothers that our parents or grandparents have seen and heard several brothers come and go as they banded together to try to make successful musical acts.

And of course there are also brothers and sister or brothers and sisters acts thrown in the mix.

Connect Three - Camp Rock

But before Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas started Camp Rocking with Hannah Montana and Demi Lovato, who incidentally is very much in the news today because she was reported to have “dropped out” (whatever that means) from her concert tour.

Ms. Lovato was reported to have checked herself instead into an inpatient treatment center to sought help and for treatment of “emotional and physical issues” (quote unquote) following a fight with a dancer on her recent tour with yes, the three Jonas Brothers.

But you know what they say bad news, good news, any news, is still news.

Brothers Singing Act in History

The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers

Now let’s go back in time to find out or reminisce.

One of the more famous brother singing acts our parents and grandparents would have known would be the Everly Brothers. And that would be going back to the 1950s.

If you are too young you probably have no idea who there were, but you probably have heard of their songs like 'Crying In The Rain' and 'Wake Up Little Suzie'.

Here are the brothers singing Bye Bye Love.

And then before them, there will be the (original) Williams Brothers. This would be way back in the 30s and 40s, with Bob, Don, Dick and their more famous brother Andy Williams.

For those who haven’t heard of the Williams brothers, you can watch this clip and for those who loved them, then one more wouldn’t hurt.

The Williams Brothers Singing Winter Wonderland

Decade of Singing Brothers

Now starting in the 1960s people saw the beginning of what could be the most successful brother act in music history.

The Jacksons

For in Gary in Indiana came the humble beginnings of Jackie, Tito and Jermaine and with a few more brothers who followed later, they eventually formed the Jackson Five (or The Jackson 5ive). The two younger brothers would of course be Marlon and their more famous brother Michael.

Thus the Jackson 5 was born--Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson.

The brothers’ singing, dancing and performing act really took off in the 1970s and they have continued to play until this time. Well I guess until Michael passed away in 2009. I was in Manila at that time and found out about his death and that of Farrah Fawcett of course, on the world wide web.

Let’s watch the brothers, do their thing, way back at the start of their careers.

Jackson 5 - I Want You Back

Now here they are in their hey days.

Jackson 5 - Blame It On The Boogie

The Osmonds

And in the same era, another brother act was forming and got their start singing in their hometown of Ogden in Utah.

And they were Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay, the Osmond Brothers.

Let’ watch them as they performed back in those days as they are featured by the famous Williams brother, Andy.

The Osmonds - Don't Fence Me In

And like the Jackson 5 which many people have drawn parallels with their group, the Osmond Brothers or the Osmonds (because that would be with or without sister Marie), it was in the 1970s that they also took off.

Now with Donny and Jimmy and thanks to their show, what else but the Donny and Marie Show, the Osmonds never looked back. And today over 30 years after, they are still as strong if not stronger than ever.

Let’s watch them here:

Donny and Marie in the Donny and Marie Show back in the 1970s:

The Gibbs

Now somewhere in Europe in the same era, the 60s came another brother act. And if you haven’t guessed it yet, here are their names: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Yes and they were better known as the Bee Gees.

And like the Jacksons and the Osmonds, they got their big break during the Disco Fever Era, the 70s.

These are the brothers when they were a bit younger.

Now let’s see and watch them during the heights of their career.

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

Now going down south into the islands of Puerto Rico, the same decade saw emergence of the group which we will all come to know as the Menudo.

In 1977 to be exact and close to the tail end of the Disco Era, two brothers plus three brothers were formed to make up a young all boy band group.

Now this group was formed with the idea that a member would be replaced when he reached his 16th birthday, his voice changed, grew facial hair, or when he grew too tall.

Now what’s different with this group is that, they never did grow old.

Because like clockwork every time a group member reached his 16th birthday or when his voice changed or if he grew really too tall or they weren’t cutting it, then they are out. And in come in a new (younger and hopefully better) replacement.

And with this formula, Menudo became the first Latin Group to have world-wide success.

And many people might not know it but the group was formed with the brothers Carlos, Oscar and Ricky Melendez and the brothers Nefty and Fernando Sallabery. Now for over two decades their group’s music filled the airwaves and today they have over 30 ex-Menudo members (brothers).

Here's Robby Rosa and Menudo with Little Ricky Martin singing Like A Cannonball

Menudo In The 80s

Now this group didn’t really came out big until the 1980s and the more famous among them would definitely be either Robby Rosa (Robi Draco) or Ricky Martin, who incidentally would be appearing in Oprah since his you know what pronouncement.

Oprah is trumpeting this as his (Ricky Martin's) first interview and with him finally speaking out about his coming out.

Asia's Turn

Now somewhere over in the Far East, from the islands of the Philippines, they also have their own brothers or brothers and sister act.

And I have mentioned this previously in which I say most Filipinos would call this “gaya-gaya” or imitation. But for this particular case I do not know who imitated who and if they ever know that they needed to imitate somebody else or they were just being themselves, siblings who can sing and dance and perform and love doing it.

Now in the Philippines, some of the older generation would be familiar with the group simply called Toto & His Children. Well yes, that would be a man named Toto and his kids. Other than that, I have no other recollection about them and there are no web content discussing them or their work.

But in much the same era as the Jacksons, the Osmonds, the Gibbs and the Menudo were lording over the music scene, there was group composed of young Filipino siblings who were creating music in Japan and in the Philippines. In Japan there were called the Clippers and in the Philippines they came to be known as the Nailclippers. Yes, as in those things you cut your fingernails with and which is why I figured out that even though they were Filipinos they were big in Japan first than in the Philippines. For you see, Filipinos calls those things, nailcutters.

Now the Clippers, started very young, four boys and their eldest sister, Diana Serrano.

And like the Puerto Rican Version, they were bilingual. No let me correct that the Nailclippers were multi-lingual.

And yes, they came during the same Disco era and they group came to a natural end in the early 1980s. Just today I was trying to see if I can find any update of the group members, but as of now I only found out their names, Dennis, Noel, Warren, Jon Jon and their sister Diane. And I haven’t found anything else.

But anyway, here they are immortalized in Youtube for all the new generation to see and for all the older generation to relive their glory days.

1970s, Singing in Japanese.

Singing In English: (Sorry Audio Only)

Somebody informed me that the group's last recorded song was in 1985 as their interpretation of the song "Pag-ibig Sa Ating Musika" (Love For Our Music) which made them a Finalist at the 8th Metro Pop Music Festival in Manila.

But here is one song where are they are singing in Tagalog. And this is probably among their last songs as well.

Yes, where are you now? 

Where are you now, where are Toto and all his children?


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