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Alan Osmond

Alan Osmond
Born Alan Ralph Osmond
(1949-06-22) June 22, 1949
Ogden, Utah, United States
Residence Utah
Nationality American
Occupation singer, producer
Known for Eldest brother of the performing Osmonds
Religion Mormon
Spouse(s) Suzanne Pinegar
Children 8

Alan Ralph Osmond (born on June 22, 1949) was a member of the family musical group The Osmonds.

Contents

  • Life and career 1
    • Personal life 1.1
    • Military service 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Life and career

Osmond was born in Tom, are hearing impaired although Tom is currently under treatment. During much of the Osmonds' career, Alan was the leader of the group, playing piano, guitar, co-writing many of their songs and arranging the dance choreography.[1] He has now retired from performing.

Four of the Osmonds were cast over a seven-year period on NBC's The Andy Williams Show. They also appeared in nine episodes of the 1963-1964 ABC western television series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, with Alan in the role of young Micah Kissel. The series starred then 12-year-old Kurt Russell on a wagon train headed to the American West.[2]

Personal life

Osmond dated the Mormon; seven of his sons have served Mormon missions, and the youngest son Tyler plans on serving in the future.

His son, David Osmond, lead singer of the group Osmonds 2nd Generation, who also suffers from multiple sclerosis, participated in the eighth season of American Idol on January 28, 2009 with a pass to Hollywood.[3] However, due to laryngitis, he was not able to make it past Hollywood week.

In 2000, Alan Osmond received the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In his acceptance speech, he stated that he had done some time in the military and that he had taken karate lessons from Chuck Norris, both of which reinforced the "you can do it" attitude that he learned from his father. His motto is, "I may have MS, but MS does NOT have me!" He currently runs the OneHeart Foundation and also works as a motivational speaker.[4]

Military service

Alan enlisted in the California National Guard in the late 1960s. He served at Fort Ord in northern California in the 144th Artillery.

References

  1. ^ "Inside the Osmonds" (DVD)
  2. ^ "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964)".  
  3. ^ For Some, American Idol is a Second Chance at Fame Yahoo News, February 4, 2009
  4. ^ Alan Osmond: My Life with MS

External links

  • Official website of The Osmonds
  • One Heart
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