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|Born||Merrill Davis Osmond
April 30, 1953
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Merrill Davis Osmond (born April 30, 1953) is the lead singer and bassist of the 1970s music group The Osmonds. He continues to perform with his brothers and also without them as a solo act. He is releasing a new album, 'A Tribute to Classic Rock', and tours worldwide.
Life and career
Osmond was born in Ogden, Utah, the fifth of the nine children of Olive May (née Davis) and George Virl Osmond. Four of the Osmonds were cast over a seven-year period on NBC's The Andy Williams Show, a musical variety program. They also appeared in nine episodes of the 1963-1964 ABC western television series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, with Merrill in the role of young Deuteronomy Kissel. The series starred then 12-year-old Kurt Russell on a wagon train headed to the American West.
Merrill is the first of the performing siblings to marry. He wed Mary Carlson on September 17, 1973; they have four sons, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Merrill's second son, Justin Osmond, is deaf, as are their uncles, Virl and Tom Osmond, Merrill's two oldest brothers. Justin Osmond works with several organizations and launched the Olive Osmond Perpetual Hearing Fund in 2010.
Like the rest of his family, Merrill is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In keeping with church tradition, all of his sons have served as missionaries.