Donny and Marie’s timeless hits (some of which topped the charts as duets, while others were performed solo), include “Paper Roses,” “Make the World Go Away,” “I’m Leaving It (All) Up to You,” “Morning Side of the Mountain,” “Puppy Love,” “Soldier of Love,” “Deep Purple” and others.
The “a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll” duo took the country by storm with the debut of the “Donny & Marie” variety show in 1976, becoming the youngest primetime hosts in television history. This universally popular series solidified their worldwide fan base which still numbers in the millions.
After multiple solo successes, the pair teamed up once again in 1998, hosting the successful, nationally-syndicated daytime talk show “Donny & Marie.” They recently hosted the “Miss USA” pageant.
Marie and her brother Donny released Donny & Marie (2011), which has them revisiting their country roots. Marie Osmond rose to her own fame as a country artist in the 1970s, with her hit “Paper Roses” reaching Number One on the country charts in 1973.
Marie said the timing felt right for a new album because fans were asking, and they found good songs and collaborators. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, a country producer known mainly for his work with Kenny Chesney.
“He’s so good to work with in terms of the selection of the songs and finding the songs that work with our voices,” Donny, 53, said. “It was a pleasure to work with him.”