The call to gather round the TV set was, "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock n roll..." It was around the mid-seventies, when the toothy pair (image) appeared on Singapore's small screen. By then our Singapore 60s musicians and guitar groups had either settled in or quit the scene after the great clamp-down. And to those glued to the home screen, *Donny and Marie were no "yellow culture" pair.
The cliche, "squeaky clean" would clearly describe them and with songs like, Puppy Love and Paper Roses, they became a hit with our local audiences. With strong family backing and brothers *The Osmonds, blogger watched in amazement as they appeared week after week singing oldies and newbies. The Donny And Marie Show was something different to our local couch potatoes.
*Donny Osmond's career as a singer and former teen idol began with his brothers. His best known songs include, Sweet And Innocent (1971), Go Away Little Girl (1971), and Puppy Love (1972). He also popularised Any Dream Will Do written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is the opening song of the musical, sung by the title character Joseph.
Blogger can only remember Marie Osmond singing a cover, Paper Roses (1973) made famous by Anita Bryant in 1960. With 142 albums the Osmonds have sold 100 million copies, 51 of which have gone Gold or Platinum. Whatever the formula is, they are still a hit when they sing as a duo or when together as family, even up till today.
The Osmonds appeared in their 50th Anniversary World Tour on 17th June, 2008 at The Singapore Indoor Stadium at Kallang. Do you still remember this family? Would you say they made an influence on Singapore's local music scene? Comments?
(Latest media report: Marie Osmond's son Michael Blosil (18), has just passed away.)
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.
Information: (1) Wikipedia and (2) Uniquely Singapore Event Calendar.