Born on this Day: Donny Osmond

Born Dec. 9, 1957, Donny Osmond began his singing career at the tender age of five-years-old, alongside his older brothers, on The Andy Williams Show. In the early 1970’s, he and his brothers, Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay, formed a band simply known as The Osmonds. They instantly became a success with such songs as “One Bad Apple,” “Yo-Yo” and “Crazy Horses.”

Donny left the group he formed with his brothers and began a solo career. In 1971, at age 13, he scored his first #1 hit song, “Go Away Little,” then followed by the Paul Anka classic, “Puppy Love.” During this time, he became a teen idol and was seen on countless teen magazine covers.

In 1976, Donny and his sister, Marie, starred in their own ABC-TV variety show called Donny & Marie. The show was on ABC for three seasons and got the chance to work with many notable guest stars. Donny and Marie went on to record seven albums as a singing duo.

In 1989, with the help of singer-songwriter, musician Peter Gabriel, Osmond made a comeback with the hit song “Soldier of Love,” which was then followed by “Sacred Emotion.”

Since 2008, Donny and Marie have been performing a 90-minute show at the Flamingo Hotel. Fans get to see them perform several songs together, as well as see them perform solo…all backed up by several dancers and a nine-piece band.

In Fall 2009, Osmond appeared as a contestant on ABC-TV’s Dancing With the Stars to prove that he was a better dancer than his sister (Marie appeared on the show in the Fall of 2007 and came in third place). He won first place.

Osmond is an accomplished singer, musician, dancer, actor, record producer and author. But I’m certain he would say his best roles would be as husband, father of five boys and grandfather to six. 🙂

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