Jimmy Osmond

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Jimmy Osmond
Jimmy Osmond portrait.JPG
Born James Arthur Osmond
(1963-04-16) April 16, 1963 (age 51)
Canoga Park, California
Residence Utah
Nationality American
Occupation Singer, musician
Years active 1967–present[1]
Known for The Osmonds
Religion Mormon
Spouse(s) Michele Larson
Children 4
Website
Official website

James Arthur "Jimmy" Osmond (born April 16, 1963) is an American singer, actor, and businessman.

Early life, career, work with The Osmonds[edit]

Osmond was born in Canoga Park, California, the ninth and last child of Olive May (née Davis) and George Virl Osmond. He is the youngest of his siblings and a member of their musical group, the Osmonds. His siblings are Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, and Marie Osmond. He is also the only Osmond of the nine not to have been born in the family's hometown of Ogden, Utah.

At the age of seven, Jimmy was the first to be awarded a gold record in the Osmond name. It was for a song he recorded in Japanese, “My Little Darling”.

He remains the youngest performer to have a No. 1 single in the UK Singles Chart, with "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" in 1972.[2] The song was credited to Little Jimmy Osmond.

As a solo artist, Jimmy has accumulated six gold records, one platinum record, and two gold albums and is in the “Guinness Book Of World Records”, as the youngest artist to have a number 1 record on the UK charts. In addition, Jimmy and his siblings have sold more than 100 million records and share 51 gold and platinum recordings along with numerous other awards and honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Career in Latin America[edit]

In 1985, he met Latino empresario Manuel Montoya at A&M Records and this led to his only Spanish recording entitled "Siempre Tu", with duets by the iconic Pedro Vargas, on "Otoño y Primavera", written by Luis Angel, and young Latino superstar Yuri on "Dos En Uno", written by Rodolfo Castillo and KC Porter, produced by Jose Quintana and Stephen Tavani and with many other participants such as Albert Hammond, KC Porter, Luis Angel, Lara y Monarrez, Abraham Laboriel, Robert Lamb, Steve Deutch, Linda "Peaches" Green, Carlos Rios,Juan Carlos Calderon and Benny Faccone. The album was recorded in studios in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Utah, and released on EMI-Capitol Records imprint in Mexico City. With his personal manager, Manuel Montoya, Jimmy toured Latin US markets, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile. The recording was critically acclaimed and well accepted by the Latin market .[citation needed] The collaboration by Pedro Vargas was Mr. Vargas' last recording before his death at the age of 82 years old.

Business, acting, musical theater, and television work[edit]

Jimmy developed and supervised most of the Osmonds’ merchandising business. Soon after, he launched an advertising agency with an elite roster of clients. During this same time, he starred in his first motion picture entitled “The Great Brain” and went on to star in other acting roles including two episodes of the TV series “Fame”.

Jimmy was recognized by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1999.

Jimmy developed an interest in musical theater when he starred in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and then went on to star in “Boogie Nights”. The show paved the way for Jimmy to bring “Jimmy Osmond’s American Jukebox Show” to the UK.

For the 2008/2009 pantomime season, he appeared at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, UK, playing the role of Buttons in Cinderella. From January 11 until February 28, 2009 he played the Teen Angel in Grease in London's West End. After leaving Grease, he played Billy Flynn in the UK 2009 touring production of Chicago, alongside Ex-EastEnders actress Emma Barton. In 2011, he appeared as Wishee Washee alongside Swansea Sound's Kevin Johns in the pantomime Aladdin at Swansea Grand Theatre, then returned to Swansea in 2013 to play his first pantomime villan, Hook in Swansea Grand Theatre's version of Peter Pan. He also was a guest on BBC Television's Saturday Kitchen programme on January 24, 2009. On June 6, 2009 Osmond and his wife appeared on the All Star Mr and Mrs television programme.

Jimmy has appeared on many UK TV shows including reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! broadcast by ITV in 2005, where he finished in fourth place; and a 2006 appearance on All Star Family Fortunes; and a celebrity version of Come Dine With Me. “Celebrity Family Fortunes” and “Everybody Dance Now". In January 2010, Osmond participated in the British ITV1 celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. From December 11, 2010 to January 2, 2011 Jimmy played Buttons in Cinderella at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, and from December 16, 2011, to January 15, 2012, a role of Wishee Washee in Aladdin at Grand Theatre, Swansea.

Jimmy is currently president of Osmond Entertainment and has produced hundreds of hours of programming for networks including ABC, PBS, BBC and the Disney Channel.

Jimmy has also produced and financed live productions from concert tours to Las Vegas extravaganzas. He has operated his own TV studio facility, live theaters, and at the same time has continued to tour with his brothers.

Jimmy holds several board positions, and as a member of the National Board of Governors for the Children’s Miracle Network,[3] a charity founded by Marie Osmond and john Schneider in 1983 that has raised more than 4.7 billion dollars to benefit children's hospitals in the US and Canada.[4] Jimmy is chairman of the board of Osmond Real Estate and Development and is a director of Security National Finance Corp.

Personal life[edit]

Osmond married Michele Larson in 1992. They have four children: Sophia Michele (born 1994), Zachary James "Zack" (born 1997), Arthur Wyatt (born 2000), and Isabella Olive Renae "Bella" (born 2002).

Like the rest of his family, Osmond is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Stroke[edit]

In 2004, Osmond was in Missouri recording his TV show, Jimmy Osmond's American Jukebox, when he was suddenly overcome with a blinding headache. 'It came on so fast and I could hardly see - it was as if I had tunnel vision,' he recalls. 'Somehow, I managed to get to the end of the show. How I drove home I have no idea and I should not have done it because I couldn't even see the lines in the middle of the road, but I was desperate to get back to my family and go to bed. 'The following morning I tried to get up, but felt so dizzy that I fell over. My vision was still bad and this terrible headache was gnawing away right at the base of my skull.'[5]

Jimmy thought it was a severe migraine. But wife Michelle drove him to the local hospital where doctors advised him to have a CT (brain) scan. The tests revealed he had suffered a stroke, but it caused no permanent damage.[5]

Recordings[edit]

Jimmy Osmond has earned six gold records.

Singles[edit]

  • "My Little Darling" / "My Little Darling" (Japanese)
  • "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (Swedish)
  • "Happy Robbers" / "I Found a Little Happiness" (Japanese)
  • "Goodbye Mr. Tears" / "Put Your Hand in the Hand"
  • "Chuk Chuk" / "Jimmy Boy" (Japanese)
  • "If Santa Were My Daddy" / "Silent Night"
  • "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" / "Mother of Mine"
  • "Tweedle Dee" / "Mama'd Know What To Do"
  • "Little Arrows" / "Don't You Remember"
  • "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" / "Give Me a Good Old Mammy Song"
  • "Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus"
  • "You're There" / "Life Is Just What You Make It"
  • "Kimi Wa Pretty" / "Tokyo Savannah" (Japanese)
  • "Ring Ring" / "After All"
  • "She Put the Light On" / "Uncertain"
  • "Living in Love" / "One More Chance" (Japanese)
  • "Siempre Tu" (Spanish)
  • "Dos En Uno" (Spanish)
  • "Otono Y Primavera" (Spanish)
  • "Shine"

Albums[edit]

  • Little Jimmy Osmond (Japan, 1972)
  • Killer Joe (1973)
  • Little Arrows (1975)
  • Kimi Wa Pretty (Japan, 1981)
  • Siempre Tu (in Spanish; Mexico, 1985)
  • Keep The Fire Burnin’ (US 2000, UK 2001)

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus (1974)
  • The Great Brain (1978)
  • Hugo The Hippo (1976)
  • The Osmonds (animated TV series, 1972)

Movies[edit]

Television[edit]

Business interests[edit]

  • Osmond Real Estate in Utah
  • Hummy Bears books and plush toys[6]
  • The Osmond family marketing and merchandising (since before the age of fifteen)

References[edit]

  1. ^ March 12, 1967 was the date of Jimmy Osmond's debut on the Andy Williams show, according to the Osmondmania.com web site / Television Appearances / Andy Williams Show http://www.osmondmania.com/Television/ShowIndex/a_shows/AndyWilliamsShow.html, accessed 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ Everyhit.com
  3. ^ "YouTube Jimmy Osmond Interview about Children's Miracle Network". 
  4. ^ Children's Miracle Network Hospitals web site, http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/About/FAQAnswer, http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/About, accessed 18 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b Estridge, Bonnie, "JIMMY OSMOND: I had a hole in the heart for 40 years - but I didn't know until I had a stroke," Health, Mail Online, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1145433/JIMMY-OSMOND-I-hole-heart-40-years--I-didnt-know-I-stroke.html, Accessed March 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Hummy Bears books and plush toys

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Benny Hill

Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

UK Christmas Number One single

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool

1972

Succeeded by
Slade

Merry Christmas Everybody