Aug 25 2011
HERE’S a bit of trivia – Jimmy Osmond remains the youngest person to have had a No 1 single in the UK.
The song was Long Haired Lover from Liverpool, and the year was 1972, when Jimmy was just nine-years-old.
Almost 40 years later, the Solihull News spoke to the singer about The Osmonds’ latest tour – apparently their last.
“I don’t want to be misleading, we will perform together again, but this is really our last big tour,” he explains.
“My brothers have been performing for 53 years, me slightly less than that – I’m still a young guy, the new one!
“I love performing in the UK. When you guys go to concerts you really get into it. There’s a lot of energy.”
And here’s another fact for you, The Osmonds are the longest-serving band, with an unchanged line-up in the world.
“That’s really cool,” says 48-year-old Jimmy. “We’ve had our rows, but we’ve always got through our differences.”
Born into a musical family, the singer was off touring the world from an early age.
“Looking back I didn’t have anything like a normal childhood, I started when I was three, and thought everyone did what I did.
“I don’t suppose I’ve really stopped, the least numbers of shows I’ve done in a year is 50. One year I did over 300 – it’s crazy.
“But what’s nice is that I’ve got four kids now and I’m getting to experience with them the things I never did.”
Also on the horizon is a stint in Aladdin in Swansea - father-of-four Jimmy confesses he’s a big fan of pantomime.
“I don’t know why we don’t have it in America, it’s so much fun,” he laughs.
“My kids’ friends don’t get it at all, they keep asking ‘what’s your dad doing?’”
* Tickets for The Osmonds – Up Close and Personal – at Symphony Hall, are on sale now. Call 0121 780 3333.