Synopsis of Pop Music
"Paper roses, paper roses,
Oh, how real those roses seem to be."
While her brothers in the Osmonds were staking their claim to pop music stardom, little sister Marie Osmond took a different tack altogether: She focused on the world of country music. The gambit was a successful one and, much like Tanya Tucker, she became a teenaged country-and-western hitmaker.
Like her brother Donny, Marie Osmond was born into show business. She made her first television appearance at the age of three with her brothers on The Andy Williams Show. When she hit her teens, she decided she wanted to become a recording artist. Taking her mother’s advice, 14-year-old Marie tried country music, scoring her first hit in 1973 with “Paper Roses,” a revival of a country classic from 1960. It became a #5 hit on the pop charts and also did well on the country charts.
In the summer of 1974, Marie lent a harmony vocal to a track her brother Donny was working on. The result was the #4 duet hit, “I’m Leaving It All Up To You.” She and Donny began to record together on a regular basis while both continued their solo careers and Donny worked with his brothers in the Osmonds. Marie had further solo hits in 1975 with “My Little Corner Of The World” and a remake of “Who’s Sorry Now.” She also joined Donny to perform and promote their duet releases on television variety shows.
One of Donny and Marie’s television appearances was seen by ABC executive Fred Silverman, who liked the duo’s on-screen chemistry. He signed them up for The Donny and Marie Show, which became an out-of-the-box hit and would go on to run for four years. She and Donny co-starred in the film Goin’ Coconuts, and Marie also appeared on her own in The Gift of Love in 1979. She continued to record, both as a solo artist and with Donny, during this time.
When The Donny and Marie Show ended in 1980, Marie Osmond hosted her own variety show, Marie, for another year. After that, she focused her attention on her country-music career and had a hit with “Back To Believing Again.” During this time, she also co-founded a charity organization known as the Children’s Miracle Network with Dukes Of Hazzard star John Schneider. She continues to host the Network’s national telethon every year from Disneyland.
Marie's music career took off once more in 1985, when she scored back-to-back #1 country hits with “There’s No Stopping Your Heart” and “Meet Me In Montana,” a duet with Dan Seals. She scored another #1 country hit in 1986 with “You’re Still New To Me,” a duet with Paul Davis, and had further success with Davis on the duet “Sweet Life” in 1988.
In the 90’s, Marie Osmond moved into stage musicals by playing Maria in The Sound Of Music and Anna in The King and I. She has also found success with a line of self-designed porcelain dolls. Later in the decade, she reunited with big brother Donny to host the syndicated talk show The Donny and Marie Show. All in all, Marie Osmond has managed to outlive her original status of teen star to become an entertainer for all seasons.
Artist Release History1973 - Paper Roses
1974 - In My Little Corner of the World
1975 - Who's Sorry Now
1977 - This Is the Way I Feel
1985 - Steppin' Stone
1986 - There's No Stopping Your Heart
1987 - I Only Wanted You
1988 - All In Love
1990 - The Best of Marie Osmond