40 Years of Entertainment: Donny and Marie Osmond
For over 40 years, siblings Donny and Marie Osmond have been two of the most prolific entertainers in America. Spanning music, television and the stage -- the two are responsible for over 40 albums, several television shows, and a Las Vegas show.
The seventh of eight sons, Donny first began performing publicly at the age of 6. He joined his older brothers during their regular performances as The Osmonds on "The Andy Williams Show." Shortly after, their baby sister Marie made an appearance -- though not as a singer.
Following their popular appearances, The Osmonds began touring and recording an album, eventually finding success in 1971 with their #1 hit, "One Bad Apple." Donny soon began recording as a solo artist -- becoming a teen heartthrob at just 14 with his first album, "The Donny Osmond Album." While Marie was not a regular member of The Osmonds, she appeared with them frequently and convinced the management to let her start recording. In 1973, she became the youngest singer ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Country charts with her hit, "Paper Roses." Following their hits, Donny and Marie teamed up and recorded several albums together in 1974 and 1975.
Proving themselves successful as a duo, Donny and Marie landed an ABC variety show in 1976, "Donny and Marie," which lasted several seasons. During the 1980s, Marie continued her solo career with multiple #1 singles. The decade was much slower for Donny, but he rebounded by 1989 after signing with Peter Gabriel and releasing several hit songs. He then followed it up with a 6-year run as the lead in "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat."
In 1998, Donny and Marie teamed up once more for a talk show, "The Donny and Marie Show," which lasted two seasons. Donny spent the first part of the 2000s hosting game shows and making appearances in films, while Marie became a businesswoman, selling over a million of her branded collector dolls on QVC. Then they both took turns on "Dancing with the Stars." In 2008, they became the resident act at the Flamingo Las Vegas, and their show is currently set to run through 2012.
Now the singing siblings are releasing their first album in over 30 years; "Donny & Marie." They stopped by to perform their new song, "The Good Life." Watch their performance right here.