They're still a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll -- just a lot older.
The Osmond Brothers, joined by siblings Donny, Marie and Jimmy, took the stage this week in Las Vegas to tape a 50th anniversary reunion show to be aired on PBS next year.
A meeting of seven singing Osmonds onstage hadn't happened in more than 20 years, the siblings say.
The PBS concert celebrates the anniversary of the Osmond family's original foray into show business, the creation of the Osmond Brothers barbershop quartet in 1957. Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond, led by their strict Army sergeant father, worked the state fair circuit in Utah until a visit to Disneyland led to a television debut on Disney After Dark in 1962. The brothers then became regulars on The Andy Williams Show.
Marie Osmond, 47, said her brothers always have been happily out of step with hard-living show business. That's left their accomplishments and savvy under-appreciated, she said.
The Osmonds have recorded 142 albums, selling 100 million copies with 51 gold and platinum recordings. In 1971, the Osmond Brothers, including then-heartthrob Donny, tallied nine gold records, surpassing single-year bests by Elvis and the Beatles.