Mayors for a Day
Osmond Brothers Honored by Council
Standard-Examiner – Ogden, Utah
August 6, 1963
The Osmond Brothers – Alan, 14, Wayne, 12, Merrill, 10, Jay 8 – nationally prominent quartet of barbershop singers, were honored at a meeting of the City Council Thursday night. The boys, who were born and raised here, were appointed honorary mayors of the city and the council proclaimed today as “Osmond Brothers Day.”
As a symbol of their honorary position, they were presented with gavels by Ogden Mayor, Merle E. Allen.
The proclamation was issued in recognition of their “outstanding and talented performances” and for the “tremendous amount of favorable publicity brought to Ogden.”
The four bright-eyed, well mannered youngsters achieved nation-wide success this year by four performances on the Andy Williams show and have signed a five-year contract with their television mentor. They are scheduled to make a dozen appearance on his show during the season to come.
In addition, they will appear as regulars on a new series, “The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters,” which will be aired this fall.
The series deals with the California gold rush of 1849 and, while their familiar barbershop numbers won’t be heard – it was not invented then - they will sing a lot of old songs on the show.
They also will be called upon to do some acting, a new experience for them.
For the future, they agreed, they will try to stay together as a group.
They concur that television is a lot of fun and “it doesn’t seem like work at all.”