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Osmonds reunite for anniversary
Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond has a sideline making dolls

Legendary musical dynasty The Osmonds have reunited on stage for the first time in more than 20 years.

Two shows, which were recorded for US TV, marked the 50th anniversary of the family's first foray into showbusiness.

Barbershop quartet The Osmond Brothers formed in 1957, but chart success only came after the addition of younger siblings Donny and Jimmy in the 1970s.

All six brothers, along with sister Marie, performed at the reunion concerts in Las Vegas.

"It's just a reminder that we're all one big happy family," Merrill Osmond said.

"We make a great shepherd's pie," added Jimmy, "with a pretty garnish named Marie".

The group's hits include Love Me For A Reason and Crazy Horses

It was the first time in decades that Donny, Jimmy, Marie, Merrill, Wayne, Alan and Jay had performed together in public - but nobody was sure how long the gap had been.

"We do over 200 shows a year," said Wayne Osmond, explaining that some combination of the family is always on tour.

Counting solo records, the Osmond family have released more than 142 records and sold more than 100 million copies in the last 50 years.

Their biggest hits in the UK were Love Me For A Reason and Crazy Horses, both released in the early 1970s, when the group would be mobbed by fans at public appearances.

Donny Osmond has had the most successful solo career, with three number ones to his name - including the saccharine ballad Puppy Love.

The Osmond family
The family members have had a total of 16 UK top 10 hits
Younger brother "Little" Jimmy Osmond also became a fan favourite with his hit Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.

But the band feel they have not been properly recognised for their contribution to popular culture.

"I don't think they've been honoured or the accolades haven't been what they should be," said Marie, who also presented a 1990s chat show with Donny.

"We think it could be that in the '70s it was drugs, sex and alcohol, and they were clean cut. They were God-fearing moral men."

Highlights of the reunion concerts will be screened on US TV network PBS next year. The two-day event also saw the family giving interviews and meeting fans.


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