Donny Osmond

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Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American singer, musician, actor, dancer, radio personality, and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. In the mid-1960s, he and four of his elder brothers gained fame as The Osmonds, on the long-running variety program, The Andy Williams Show. Donny went solo in the early 1970s, covering such hits as "Go Away Little Girl" and "Puppy Love".

For over thirty-five years, he and younger sister Marie have gained fame as Donny & Marie, partly due to the success of their 1976–79 self-titled variety series, which aired on ABC. The duo also did a 1998–2000 talk show and have been headlining in Las Vegas since 2008. Between a highly successful teen career in the 1970s, and his rebirth in the 1990s, Osmond's career was stymied during the 1980s by what some have perceived as his "boy scout" image. Osmond stated on the May 1, 2009 Larry King Live show that longtime friend Michael Jackson suggested he change his name to boost his image. Osmond's agent even suggested that spreading false rumors about drug arrest charges might recharge his career. Osmond felt such allegations would have familial ramifications, and could not reconcile how lying to create a nefarious drug image could be explained to his children, nieces and nephews. In 1989, Osmond had two big-selling recordings, the first of which, "Soldier of Love", was initially credited to a "mystery artist" by some radio stations.

Starting in July 1992, Osmond played Joseph in the Elgin Theatre's Toronto production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical then toured North America until 1998. Creator Andrew Lloyd Webber, impressed by Osmond's talents and the show's successful six-year run, chose him for the 1999 film version.

In 2009, Osmond won the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1972 Portrait of Donny Donny Osmond 1
1989 Donny Osmond Donny Osmond 1
1990 Eyes Don't Lie Donny Osmond 1
2001 This is the Moment Donny Osmond 2
2002 Somewhere in Time Donny Osmond 1
2003 Somewhere in Time: Classic Love Songs Donny Osmond 1
2004 What I Meant to Say Donny Osmond 1
2004 What I Meant To Say Donny Osmond 1
2007 Love Songs of the '70s Donny Osmond 1
2008 A Portrait of Donny / Too Young Donny Osmond 1
2008 Alone Together / A Time for Us Donny Osmond 1
2008 The Donny Osmond Album / To You With Love, Donny Donny Osmond 1
2008 Deep Purple / New Season Donny & Marie 1
2008 I'm Leaving It All Up to You / Make the World Go Away Donny & Marie 1
2008 Winning Combination / Goin' Coconuts Donny & Marie 1
2008 Donny / Disco Train Donny Osmond 1
2008 From Donny With Love Donny Osmond 1
Christmas at Home Donny Osmond 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 Greatest Hits Compilation Donny Osmond 1
2008 From Donny... With Love Compilation Donny Osmond 1
2009 The Definitive Collection Compilation Donny Osmond 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donny Osmond Compilation Donny Osmond 1
25 Hits Compilation Donny Osmond 1
Best of Donny Osmond Compilation Donny Osmond 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Four Donny Osmond 1

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