7. The Osmond Family
The Osmonds got their start in entertainment in the late 1950s when Alan, Merrill, Jay, and Wayne began singing locally as a barbershop quartet. A few years later, they were invited to perform at Disneyland.
After Andy Williams's father saw them on a televised Disney special, he told his son, the host of the popular variety program called The Andy Williams Show, to book them. The Osmond Brothers appeared regularly on the program throughout the '60s, with younger brother Donny joining the group and siblings Jimmy and Marie performing as well.
During the '70s, the Osmonds shifted to pop music and later to rock-and-roll, playing to throngs of screaming fans. Donny, Jimmy, and Marie began to make their own successful solo careers, with 13-year-old Marie hitting the top of the country music chart with "Paper Roses" in 1973 and Jimmy having hits in Japan.
The Osmonds performing "Kung Fu Fighting." Photo by Heinrich Klaffs.
Donny and Marie also began recording duets together and had several hit songs. Soon Donny and Marie became the top priority for the Osmond family, with older brothers producing ABC's The Donny & Marie Show, which ran from 1976 to 1979.
Donny and Marie Osmond on the set of The Donny & Marie Show in 1977
Marie continued to record country music throughout the '80s, garnering several Top 40 hits. Alan, Merrill, Wayne, and Jay began recording country music in the '80s, again under the name The Osmond Brothers. Donny returned as a solo artist in 1989 with two Billboard Top 40 hits with "Soldier of Love" in the #2 spot and "Sacred Emotion" at #13.
From 2007-2008, all the Osmonds went on a European reunion tour to celebrate 50 years in show business. After the tour, Donny and Marie began performing a 90-minute show in Las Vegas, where they are still one of the hottest tickets in town.
The Osmonds have sold 102 million records worldwide, and the family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.