Donny And Marie: '70s TV's Country And Rock 'n Roll Siblings

By Penny Chavers


Left: Marie and Donny Osmond performing circa 1980. Source: (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns). Right: Advertisement for Donny and Marie dolls by Mattel. Source: (pinterest.com)

Signaling the last hurrah for TV variety shows, The Donny & Marie Show aired from 1976 to 1979, featuring siblings Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond, with frequent contributions from other members of the Osmond brood. Coming out of Ogden, Utah, the Osmonds were a musically gifted Mormon family who found success as a male vocal group, first a barbershop quartet of the four oldest brothers, then a larger (still all-male) ensemble, finally coalescing around the most commercially successful arrangement of Donny & Marie.

The Osmond Brothers began a journey to share their musical talent with the world and it continued through Donny and Marie. As brother and sister went on to share more than just musical ability with us, they have brought us years of enjoyment.