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Jimmy Osmond on His Family's Lasting Success: 'You Can't Fake It For 50 Years'
The hardest-working family in show business is back with a new album. The Osmonds’ I Can’t Get There Without You, celebrates 50 years since the very first Osmond album, and 12 years since their last album.
The name of the album is fitting, considering that the famous family considers the success achieved by any member to be a direct reflection of the hard work and determination put in by everyone.
“We’ve always said that if anyone has success, it benefits all of us,” Jimmy Osmond, 49, tells PARADE. “We have this ‘one for all, all for one’ thing, and it’s worked for a lot of years.”
Jimmy — the youngest of the siblings — talked to PARADE about the group’s new album, his experiences as the youngest brother, how he’s handled fame, and more.
On the family's new album.
“It's kind of eclectic. I think the secret to what we're doing is good songs. Some of the stuff is a little bit different, but I like how it turned out. My favorites from the album to sing is either ‘Save Me’ or ‘Take Me Home,’ but in concert, ‘Remember Me’ goes over like a storm because I show footage of all the brothers that aren't with us, and it just celebrates our history together.”
On wrapping up the group’s successful UK tour.
"I didn't expect to have the full houses we had. It blows my mind. We don't deserve it, but it's so cool to be able to still do what you love and do it with people you care about. I've promoted a lot of artists and worked behind the scenes quite a bit, but it's so fulfilling for me to put things together that actually benefit those Iou love the most.”
On being the youngest sibling in the clan.
"I think I have a totally different perspective on everything. I had to keep up pace pretty fast. I thought every kid did what I did. I started when I was three. My first show was Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra at the International Hotel. I came out and sang an impersonation at three. It's kind of a weird life, but it's interesting to look back on all the iterations of our group, and the personalities and egos and the good times and the bad times. But through it all, I think what we've learned is this is such a phony business, and the only thing that matters is treating people right, especially your family because they're sometimes the ones you take advantage of the most. Being the youngest is a unique thing. In some ways, it's harder for me to let go. Everybody has to do their own thing now and have their own families, but I miss those days when we were all kind of a school of fish going around the world together."
On the secret to handling the spotlight at such a young age.
“I had great parents and brothers. I remember when I had the number one record ‘Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool.’ It was the biggest-selling Osmond record at the time, and it went platinum. I went to my dad and said, ‘Can you believe it? I'm number one!’ I guess I was probably pretty precocious when I said it because he handed me this stick with a poker on it and said, ‘Go clean up the apartment complex.’ We lived in an apartment complex during that time, and my dad never let us feel the money. We obviously felt the success of the performances, but in a weird way, we never really felt it was for us. That was good because you realize that it's not what defines you as a person. It was really healthy for me to have that kind of grounding.”
On the pros and cons of working closely with family.
"I think the best part is knowing that if you're in trouble, your brothers have your back. Each one of us is so different, and we have talents in different areas, so we can always help each other out. I think the worst part is seeing third parties creep in. The only time we ever had problems was when management and agents or individual members were pursuing their own careers. And we've all done that. Other families have experienced that, too, like the Jacksons and the Bee Gees. It gets so frustrating when you've built a career together with sacrifice and love and all of the sudden these third parties get in the middle of it and kind of mess it up a little bit.”
On the secret to lasting success.
"I think it's not taking yourself too seriously, and it's loving what you do. You can't fake it for 50 years. We can never say that we didn't care about everything we did.”
On the family’s unique bond.
“When any of us is in trouble, we all rally around each other. As we are growing older, I hope that we can continue to hold on to those things that really make us strong. I put together our arena tour for the family's 50th anniversary. Marie couldn't have sold it out. Donny couldn't have sold it out. The brothers definitely couldn't have sold it out, but together, we sold it out. That tells you where the real strength lies. We’re a family that has made it through a lot of good times and bad times, and we're still intact. I think that's the greatest thing to celebrate.”
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