The Osmonds are an American devout Mormons family music group rising from barbershop singing style to Disneyland and to international pop stars. The original barbershop quartet consisted of brothers Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Jay Osmond . Up and coming superstars younger siblings Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, and Jimmy Osmond joined the group later.
One bad apple is not that bad after all as The Osmonds exploded onto the pop-music scene, hitting #1 on the Billboard pop chart with "One Bad Apple" in 1971. The Osmonds soon had hits with other light, R&B-style pop numbers like "Double Lovin'" (Billboard #14) and "Yo-Yo" (#3).
The Osmonds began to demonstrate their musical talent by writing their own music, and their sound moved toward rock and roll with hits like "Hold Her Tight" (Billboard #14), "Crazy Horses" (#14) and "Down by the Lazy River" (#4). Alan plays the rhythm guitar, Wayne on lead guitar, Merrill on bass and lead vocals, drums by Jay, and Donny on keyboards. Jay and Donny sometimes singing lead and with all brothers on back-up.
Beginning of 1973 Osmondmania were breaking sound barriers and voted 'Best Musical Variety Act of 1974' and in 1975 won the 'People's Choice Award' as America's 'Favorite Music Group'. In 1974, "Love Me for a Reason" reached #10 on the U.S. pop charts and went to #1 in the U.K.
The Osmonds made a world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary of singing in show business. They may have aged with grey hair, double chin and more waistline but they sure rock.
The Osmonds all nine of them together with sister Marie being the only rose among the thorns with elder brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. and Tom Osmond who were born deaf did not originally perform although later made their presence occasionally.