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The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters

The television adventure series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters debuted on ABC-TV on September 15, 1963 and ended on March 15, 1964. There were a total of 26 episodes produced by MGM television and the Osmond Brothers appeared as the Kissel Brothers in nine of them. The ABC program was considered a good western aimed at young baby boomers, especially boys. It is remembered for its haunting theme music and for breakthrough performances from the then 12-year-old Kurt Russell in the role of Jaimie and Charles Bronson in the role of Linc, a stubborn wagonmaster. The program faced stiff competition on CBS at 7:30 Eastern on Sundays from My Favorite Martian, a sitcom with Ray Walston and Bill Bixby, and the first half of The Ed Sullivan Show. NBC aired Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in the same time slot.

September 15, 1963 - Episode 1 - The Day of Leaving
Jaimie is chased by his father's creditors while traveling on a riverboat. After falling overboard, he is then captured and held for ransom by a pair of rascals. The Osmond Brothers did not appear in this episode but you can hear them singing the theme song on the closing credits.

September 22, 1963 - Episode 2 - The Day of the First Trail

The Osmond Brothers were cast as the Kissel Brothers. Alan was Micah, Wayne was Leviticus, Merrill was Deuteronomy, and Jay was Lamentations.  The leading role, Jaimie McPheeters, was played by Kurt Russell. The Brothers sang For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow

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September 29, 1963 - Episode 3 - The Day of The First Suitor

In this episode, the Brothers had their first speaking roles as their characters were getting their hair cut.  The Brothers also sang and harmonized Yankee Doodle Dandy.

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October 26, 1963 - Episode 7 - The Day of the Taboo Man

In this particular episode, it opened with Jay’s character, Lamentations having a pot stuck on his head with Dr. McPheeters trying to help him. The Brothers also sang On The Banks of the Sacramento Shore.

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November 3, 1963 - Episode 8 - The Day of the Giants

This is the 4th episode the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers sang I Am Bound For The Promised Land.

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November 10, 1963 - Episode 9 - The Day of the Long Night

This was the 5th episode the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers did not sing nor did they have any speaking parts in this episode. They were only seen in the background.

Dec 1, 1963 - Episode 11 - The Day of the Flying Dutchman

This was the 6th episode in which the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers sang O Shenandoah.

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Dec 22, 1963 - Episode 14- The Day of the Pawnees (Part 1)

This was the 7th episode the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers sang Hey Diddy Um Diddy Um Day.

Also in this episode, a stray dog appeared in camp and the wagon master ordered Jaimie McPheeters to get rid of the dog before they headed out to their next stop. Jaimie got the Kissel Brothers (the Osmond Brothers) involved in losing the dog. Watch the video to see what happens when the short straw is drawn.

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Dec 29, 1963 - Episode 15 - The Day of the Pawnees (Part 2)

This was the 8th episode the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers sang How Gentle God’s Command.

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February 16, 1964 - Episode 22 - The Day of the Picnic

This was the 9th episode the Brothers appeared in.  The Brothers sang Right Smart Gents From Arkansas and Git Along Down, Down Big Sandy.

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