Musical History of the Osmonds
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Osmonds
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, to producing a hit television show, and 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.
When it began as a barbershop quartet, the group consisted of brothers Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny Osmond and Jimmy Osmond. Their only sister Marie Osmond, who never sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in the 1970s, and family friend Ronnie Mund on tambourine and backing vocals. Older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (Virl) and Tom Osmond were born deaf and did not originally perform, although they later made occasional appearances, most notably on the family Christmas specials from the 1970s. All of the Osmonds were born in their hometown of Ogden, Utah except the youngest, Jimmy, who was born in Canoga Park, California. The group have sold 102 million records worldwide. For more information about the Osmonds, visit this Wikipedia site.
Musical Traditions of the Osmonds
The musical traditions of the Osmonds extend back to their Welsh ancestors--the Martin's, and their English ancestors--the Nichols. Below are some of the ancestors of the Osmond family who shared their musical talents with their families, friends and communities.