Venue: Orleans Showroom
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: May 10, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 4
Starting at $38.50
At the height of their career in the early '70s, The Osmonds enjoyed a run of massive popularity with youngest brother Donny as a focal point. The quintet was catapulted into the realm of teen-idol superstardom following the breakout success of the Jackson 5.
But that was more than 10 years after the band got its start. Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay began singing together in 1959, performing at county fairs and amusement parks, singing barbershop harmony, while mixing in some gospel.
In 1962, The Osmonds were signed as regular nighttime performers at Disneyland after an impromptu performance during a visit at the park. A few weeks later, the father of popular singer and variety show host Andy Williams caught their act and recommended them to his son.
Later that same year, The Osmonds made their national television debut on "The Andy Williams Show." Younger brother Donny officially joined the group in 1963, and The Osmonds expanded their musical horizons with pop songs. The group continued making regular appearances on "The Andy Williams Show" until its cancellation in 1967. After that, The Osmonds moved on to "The Jerry Lewis Show," where they stayed until 1969.
The Osmonds were signed to MGM and sent to work with famed R & B producer Rick Hall. Appearing on the group's debut album "Osmonds," the hit single "One Bad Apple" held the No.1 spot for five weeks in 1971, establishing The Osmonds as recording stars after nearly a decade as performers. A string of hits followed, including "Double Lovin'," "Yo-Yo," "Down by the Lazy River," "Hold Her Tight," and "Crazy Horses." Many of their albums went gold: "Osmonds," "Homemade," "Phase-III," "The Osmonds -- Live," and "Crazy Horses."
By 1974 the group's success began to fade and the brothers splintered off into their own projects. The four oldest Osmond brothers enjoyed a comeback during the early '80s as a country act, and Donny made a brief comeback in the late '80s as a solo act.
In 2007, all of the Osmonds went to Europe as part of a tour celebrating their 50th anniversary in show business. Las Vegas was the only designated stop in the U.S., which was televised in a special on PBS stations in March 2008. It included an appearance by Andy Williams, the family's long-time friend and mentor.
The Osmonds (Jimmy, Jay and Merrill) are still performing regularly in the U.S. and Europe. In May, catch one of their knockout performances, packed with more than 50 years of hits, in Las Vegas.