Crazy Horses (1972)
The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career — a career that took them from singing barbershop music as children to achieving success as teen-music idols, from producing a hit television show to continued success as solo and group performers. The Osmonds are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their religious values have influenced their careers.
The Osmond family was not one single act, but a group of several. The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny and Jimmy, both of whom enjoyed success as solo artists as well; with Donny, the band became known as The Osmonds, under which the band enjoyed its greatest success as both a boy band and a hard rock ensemble. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful career in 1973, both as a solo artist and as Donny’s duet partner. A revival of the original Osmond Brothers lineup in the 1980s achieved moderate success in country music. Collectively, the family has sold 102 million records worldwide.
As of 2017, The Osmond Brothers as a group is composed of original members Merrill and Jay along with Jimmy, who perform as a trio. Donny and Marie also continue to perform as a duo; they and Merrill all have solo careers as well. Also of note are Alan’s sons, who have performed as a "Second Generation" of the group since the late 1980s; one of those sons, David Osmond, is Donny’s designated understudy.
The siblings’ older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (Virl) and Tom Osmond were born deaf and did not originally perform. They made several television appearances in later years, most notably on the family Christmas specials in the 1970s. All of the Osmonds were born in Ogden, Utah except the youngest, Jimmy, who was born in Canoga Park, California.