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Wednesday, 21 April, 1999, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Osmonds hope for UK comeback
The Osmonds as they were in 1974
The clean-cut 1970s band who were as famous for their all-American grins as for their flares could soon be back in the UK.

The Osmonds are in talks to play in the UK, hoping to be the latest group to have a hit on the back of a TV advert.

The family's song Crazy Horses has been revived for a new Virgin Atlantic campaign and the record will be re-released towards the end of May.

Recent number ones sparked by ad campaigns include Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz and Flat Beat by Mr Oizo.

George McManus, marketing executive at Polygram, the record label which handles The Osmonds' back catalogue, said: "They've been offered a couple of tours in Europe.

Crazy Horses

Donny Osmond and his sister Marie currently host a chat show on US TV
"I spoke to Jimmy Osmond about it last night so it's straight from the horse's mouth. There is a possibility of a UK tour."

The song Crazy Horses originally reached number two in 1972 and has been released since in a remixed version, although it failed to chart.

In the advert the guitar track is used to back shots of a motorcyclist riding through the wilderness.

The Mormon band from Utah had a string of hits in the 1970s including the number one Love Me For A Reason which was later covered by Boyzone.

There were also spin-offs from the group. Donny had hits on his own with Puppy Love and Too Young, and Little Jimmy Osmond had a hit with Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.

Donny and Marie Osmond, who used to perform as a double act, also recently returned to US TV screens after a 20-year absence. The two host a daytime chat show called Donny and Marie, the same title as the variety show the brother and sister hosted in the 1970s.

But not everthing is going according to plan for Donny Osmond, the band's most popular pinup.

The actor and singer who has been racing as a hobby for the past 8 years had a narrow escape at the weekend. He crashed during the Toyota Celebrity Grand Prix in Long Beach, California, and had to be rescued from his car by the emergency services.

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