The Osmonds in ConcertCategory: Activities, Performances, & Events
If you grew up in the 1960s or 1970s, you undoubtedly know of the Osmonds. If you are a fan of Dancing with the Stars, you have seen Donny and Marie Osmond competing. By the way, Donny won, which is something he lauds over his sister.
The Osmonds started performing when they were very, very, very young. They originally began as a quartet called The Osmond Brothers. The quartet included Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay. Then Donnie grew up and the foursome became five. When Marie joined in the family business they changed their name to The Osmonds. Jimmy, the youngest, performed with his family but also had a popular solo career.
Today “The Osmonds” consists of Merrill, Jay, and Jimmy. The three brothers are performing together and are just as enjoyable today as they were all those years ago. As a matter of fact, they perform about 150 concerts every year, with a long string of one-nighters in the UK each year.
Although the days of screaming girls and large arenas are gone, the trio still sings their hearts out for faithful fans. And their fans are definitely faithful. They mention while on stage that many of the faces are familiar. With over 50 years of concerts under their belts, they have racked up a large fan base that continues to be entertained by the singers.
Today’s concerts are a little more intimate and consist of some of their hit songs as well as songs made famous by other singers. They tailor their concerts to the venue and the audience. So, if you see them one place one night then catch another concert a month later, you will probably see a little different show. Whatever show you see, you can be assured the singers are giving you their all. These guys are consummate performers and know how to entertain their audiences. After all, they grew up doing this and even though it might seem that they are on autopilot, they personalize everything for their audiences. They even come into the audience to shake hands and meet some of the fans.
From starting as barbershop singers, then transitioning to pop, then rock, then country, then back to pop, The Osmonds have proven that staying power in show business depends on talent. These guys have it. They don’t simply come on stage and sing. They dance, they joke, and they work hard to make their audiences happy and give them their money’s worth. Many times during their show they project home movies and photos on a screen. This gives fans the opportunity to relive some of the moments of the last 50+ years.
You might be wondering why the other original Osmond brothers are not performing any more. Alan and Wayne have retired due to medical conditions. And although Merrill and Jimmy have had great success on their own, they all joined forces several years ago to get back to their roots and sing again as a family unit. While they might be a little greyer and don’t jump as high when performing “Yo-Yo”, they still give it everything they’ve got.
Some of their hits that usually make it into their performances are: “Crazy Horses”, “Yo-Yo”, “One Bad Apple”, “The Proud One”, “Love Me For a Reason”, “Down By the Lazy River”, and of course, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”.
In the past, the Osmonds would play a variety of instruments and dance a lot. Today they are more laid back, but that’s not to say they don’t still perform, in the true sense of the word. And, Jay still wows audiences with his incredible drumming.
Admittedly, as the Osmond’s have aged, so have their fans. And even if you have not been a die-hard Osmond fan through the years, you’ll still get a great show. Merrill, Jay, and Jimmy are not just singers. They are performers.
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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment business for 20 years. She also writes about technology and has been a travel writer for the past 12 years. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books.
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