Osmonds Home For Short Rest
By Howard Pearson
Thursday, September 5, 1968
Utah’s’ high-flying Osmond Brothers have arrived home for a short visit in Huntsville, but they’ll soon be on their way again for more fair and television appearances that won’t give them another breather until March.
In a week, they will head for New Jersey and 10 days of shows with Andy Williams, on whose television programs they have appeared. In October, they will perform at Sparks, Nev., on a bill to be headlined by Sergio Franchi, a singer who has turned actor for movies.
They’ll be in Hollywood in November taping a series of shows for Jerry Lewis and appearing on other programs, and then they will head for the Orient. They have been engaged for a series of appearances in Japan.
The Osmonds, consisting of five brothers and a sister, will lose one brother to the military when Alan goes into National Guard training and then a two-year service program. But, they also will gain a member when Virl returns home from a Canadian mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was expected today. Another brother, Tommy, will continue to serve on a special mission.
The columns of praise for the performance of the Osmond Brothers, which started hot and heavy a year ago, continued during their recent tour. The Omaha World Herald said: “They absolutely wowed audiences . . .one of the finest youth troupes in existence . . . superbly trained youngsters.”
Utah boys, Peter Citron in the Sun Papers of Omaha told of visiting with the family backstage, and said, “This family’s obvious solidarity is built on trust and love . . . It is obvious the family’s deep commitment to the Mormon religion is one of the its strongest building blocks. . The Osmonds are the most talented kids in show business.”
Mr. and Mrs. George Osmond say: “The press has been nice to us.” Otherwise, Mrs. Osmond commented about the career of her family: “Well, we’re having a lot fun now. We’ve conquered a few crises on the entertainment front, voice changes – especially. We have only two to go – Donny and Jay – and then we can start singing barbershop again.”