Beloved Osmond family member rushed to hospital as family begs for prayers

Beloved Osmond family member rushed to hospital as family begs for prayers
The Osmonds have had an almighty career ever since their emergence on the 70s music scene. Everyone knows their name, everyone recognizes their faces, and most importantly, everyone loves their songs… I mean, who isn’t a sucker for a bit of ‘Puppy Love’? No? Just us?
Despite the love we all still have for them, as a family, they haven’t exactly had an easy ride in the last few years. Most recently, we heard the news that youngest brother Jimmy suffered a stroke while performing in Birmingham, England….
The youngest brother
Although thankfully Jimmy has recovered from the health scare, we’ve now heard the latest news that he will most likely never return to the stage ever again.
The youngest brother
Of course health always come first, but as a way of celebrating the family’s brilliance, let’s take a look back at their incredible history in the business.


Thursday January 01, 1970

A singing dynasty
The Osmonds as a family originate from Ogden, Utah, and consist of George and Olive Osmond and their nine children. George and Olive fell in love in the dark times of WW2, and eventually married in 1944.
A singing dynasty
As the prosperity of post-war joy soon swept across America, George and Olive started a family together with their first son George (Virl), later followed by Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie, and Jimmy. They were certainly a big family, and what’s more, they were a talented bunch, too!


Thursday January 01, 1970

Talented family
Ever since their mainstream emergence in the early 70s, the family has released a total of 28 studio albums, and a whopping 43 singles.
Talented family
Although their popularity first came about with them performing as a family – mostly known as ‘The Osmond Brothers’ – a lot of the family members have also since gone on to enjoy solo careers and individual successes in the entertainment business. The Osmond clan are a force to be reckoned with, and even now in 2019, their careers are still going strong.


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Barbershop quartet
Where did it all start? Well, they have their father George to thank for their success, because when they were only young boys, George loved to teach them how to sing and perform.
Barbershop quartet
They went on to form a barbershop quartet, consisting at the time of Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay. They would perform at church services and local entertainment events, really making a name for themselves across Utah with their natural talent and charm.

Proving themselves
Things started changing for the brothers when they starred in a show at Disneyland California. Walt Disney himself took a real liking to them, and he eventually got them a booking on Andy Williams’ variety show in the early 60s.
Proving themselves
By 1964, they were regulars on his prime-time and high profile show, and not long after, the boys were known all across America. The rest, as they like to say, is history! So, what was next for the Osmonds?

Record contract
By the late 60s, the novelty of their variety show act was starting to wear off, and now a little older, the brothers wanted to turn their attention to the pop music world, more importantly, rock ‘n’ roll.
Record contract
The brothers still continued to perform, but a change was needed to ensure their careers continued to peak within entertainment. This eventually came in the form of record producer Mike Curb, who proposed a record contract with MGM to the boys and their father.

Changing their image
It wasn’t long before they had their first number one with ‘One Bad Apple’ in 1971, and what followed was a string of pop hits including ‘Double Loving’, ‘Yo-Yo’, ‘Love Me For A Reason’, and our personal favorite… ‘Puppy Love’.
Changing their image
They really started making a name for themselves, with Merrill and Donny on lead vocals, and the introduction of funky choreography that audiences loved. The Osmond Brothers were becoming stars! This was just the beginning.

Rockstars
Their next goal was to turn from popstars to rockstars, and this came when they started to write their own material for the album ‘Phase III’. Their sound became heavier and rockier, with the boys now playing their own instruments too.
Rockstars
Alan and Wayne were on guitar, Jay was on drums, and Donny played keyboard. In this era, they had hits like ‘Down By The Lazy River’, ‘Hold Her Tight’, and ‘Crazy Horses’. The Osmonds were, at this point, fully-fledged international rockstars.

Teen heartthrobs
Their successes in music as ‘The Osmond Brothers’ continued on for a number of years, with several different albums across a number of different genres, including soft rock and bubblegum pop.
Teen heartthrobs
As the elder members of the group got older, their personal lives began to take over, including marriage. The heavy scheduling of touring started to take its toll and their output of new music lessened, causing the brothers to naturally start to go their own ways.

Here comes Jimmy
Donny’s solo career was the first to reach great popularity, with hit singles such as ‘Sweet & Innocent’, ‘Hey Girl/I Knew You When’, and ‘Too Young’. Donny was becoming a teen idol in his own right, appealing to all audiences by covering a lot of old classics.
Here comes Jimmy
Their fame as a family was reaching new heights, whether they were singing together or apart. However, there was one more brother now emerging from the family name too… and his name was Jimmy.

Becoming a star
Youngest brother Jimmy had his first number-one single at the age of just seven, the youngest ever solo artist to have reached the top spot. It was the breakthrough 1972 single ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ that started the youngster’s well-known nickname ‘Little Jimmy Osmond’.
Becoming a star
His breakthrough that emerged from the successes of his older brothers wasn’t just seen on both sides of the pond – Jimmy and The Osmonds were huge all across the world, most notably in Japan.

Successful solo careers
Although Donny had been catapulted to arguably the most publicity, The Osmonds still continued to release music together. One of their last singles as a family was ‘Love Me For A Reason’, which became a hit all around the world.
Successful solo careers
By the mid-70s, a lot of the family were writing, recording, and touring their own music as well as still performing as a family. They had the best of both worlds, and they still do to this very day. The Osmonds truly are a phenomenon.

Household names
As the late 70s came, the Osmondmania from earlier years was starting to slow down, but that didn’t stop them from continuing their careers in the entertainment business, just this time on TV instead.
Household names
‘The Donny & Marie Variety Show’ became a huge hit, and the brother and sister duo became instant household names. Even now, we still recognize the names of ‘Donny & Marie’ in pop culture. Although the show ended in 1979, all members of the family have since had huge careers in TV, film, theatre, and so much more.

Continued career
Jimmy is one particular family member who has undoubtedly reveled in the continued fame and popularity of the Osmond empire. Most notably, he starred in a host of musical theatre shows like ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Boogie Nights’.
Continued career
Of course, they became massive hits because he was in them! In Britain, he also starred in the Reality TV series ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’, where he finished in fourth place. Everyone still loves ‘Little Jimmy’.

Captain Hook
However, on December 27, 2018, Jimmy suffered from a stroke while performing to a live theatre audience. The show was a British pantomime version of ‘Peter Pan’, in which Jimmy was playing the villain, Captain Hook.
Captain Hook
The performance was taking place at the Birmingham Hippodrome when Jimmy started to fall ill. He managed to get himself through the performance, but was rushed to the nearest hospital straight after the curtains went down.

A scary diagnosis
At the time, Jimmy was unsure as to what was happening, but it turns out that he had a major stroke. Rather amazingly, Jimmy carried on his scenes despite suffering from the stroke on stage, but he collapsed as soon as he went backstage.
A scary diagnosis
His co-stars sent well-wishes at the time, all sending him get-well messages to ensure he had a speedy recovery back to health. He was nearing the end of his 3-week stint in the show, of which there were 2 performances a day.

A loved cast member
A spokesperson for Birmingham’s Hippodrome theatre said at the time, “Jimmy has been an absolute joy to work with, and we have loved him being part of such an incredible show here at the Hippodrome, thanks to his all important kindness and hard work.
A loved cast member
His portrayal of Captain Hook has been extraordinary, both dastardly and heartwarming. We wish you a speedy recovery, and we hope to one day have you back here with us again. All the best.”

Well-wishes
Another worker at the Hippodrome also wrote on his Twitter, “He earned the adoration from not just the audiences, but all of the staff who work at the Hippodrome. From all of us here, we send Jimmy and the rest of his family the best wishes.”
Well-wishes
Comedian and co-star Sanjeev Bhaskar also tweeted, “This new year I want to send the very best wishes to @jimmyosmond – he was always so lovely and warm to us backstage and he always gave a rip roaring performance.”

A well-needed break
Sanjeev continued by commending him for carrying on the performance despite feeling ill. She wrote, “I still cannot believe how he managed to soldier through the performance even though he felt unwell. A true gent and a pro!”
A well-needed break
So this incident happened in December 2018, and now that we’re nearly 8 months later, how is Jimmy doing now? Well, quite rightly, he has announced that he’s going to be taking a well-needed break from work for now.

Road to recovery
In April 2019, Jimmy broke his four-month silence saying, “Right now I’m enjoying life and taking this long overdue break away from my work to ensure I’m well rested up. Health comes first, no matter what. I’m feeling so grateful for my health, and I want to thank you all for your kindness and prayers.”
Road to recovery
At the same time, his brother Donny said, “Jimmy has had to face difficult health setbacks with the stroke he suffered, but he’s always been an inspiration for me.”

An amazing brother
Donny continued, saying, “Now we’re all at a time where it’s humbling and inspiring to watch him face a challenging journey to recovery. My sweet brother is showing optimism, hope, and resilience.”
An amazing brother
So, it looks like Jimmy still has the full support and love from his older brothers, and in times of need, your family is all you need to get through. What does his health scare mean for the future? Will he ever make a full recovery? Will he ever return to the stage?

The future
Well, at this point in time, his return is looking unlikely. In early August 2019, his brother Merrill spoke out about his Jimmy’s health. He said, “A return to the stage is probably off the cards. He really needed some space, and he still does.
The future
He doesn’t want to see anyone other than family. I see him often. Us brothers are still so close. At the moment he just wants to live the life he wants to lead. We’re just trying to do all that we can to help him.”

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