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The Osmond family gets star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — It was a family affair Thursday as musical clan the Osmonds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The single star honors siblings Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy for their decades of work in entertainment. The star, the walk’s 2,232nd, is located on Hollywood Boulevard near La Brea Avenue.

“Sharing this star with family says a lot,” said Donny Osmond, who wore a neck brace due to an injury he suffered while surfing in Hawaii.

“This star is a tribute to two very special people — our parents,” Marie Osmond said before hundreds of screaming fans.

The Osmond Brothers Quartet, made up of the four eldest brothers, debuted in 1962 on television’s “The Andy Williams Show.” Their performance was a hit, and they went on to become regulars on the show for seven seasons.

“I’ve never really known a family as talented as them,” Williams said after introducing the honorees. “They’re like sponges.”

Donny, Marie and Jimmy Osmond would later join their older siblings as they toured both nationally and internationally, between making numerous recordings and TV appearances. In 1976, Donny and Marie Osmond became the youngest ever television hosts with “The Donny and Marie Show,” which their elder brothers helped produced.

In adulthood, the siblings developed solo singing and acting careers and became involved with various charitable projects, but they often reunited for concert tours or special events. Two other brothers, Virl and Tom Osmond, are not in show business.

Among the best-known Osmond songs are “One Bad Apple,” Marie Osmond’s country interpretation of “Paper Roses,” and Donny Osmond’s 1980s hits “Soldier of Love” and “Sacred Emotion.”

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