Throughout their career, the Osmonds had various chances to sing about pretty much whatever they liked. However, the album “Crazy Horses” was the first time they sang a real personal statement. When asked about the title song, the brothers said that it talks about cars polluting the air. This is why the musical arrangement has harder rock elements, so it sounds rougher and angrier.
All the songs in the album were written and played by the brothers. Interestingly, in this album, Donny contributed more to the instrumental side rather than the vocal one. Once his voice fully transitioned from soprano to baritone, he was back to vocals.
The Family Tree
Branches of the Osmond family tree can be traced back to the early 1100s Osmond and the family are very proud of their family tree. In fact, they have published an entire website — The Osmond Family Organization — dedicated to their family history.
The majority of the Osmond family tree originated in the United Kingdom. In fact, Donny Osmond calls the UK his second home. BBC ONE Wales premiered a two-part special called "Donny Osmond Coming Home" where local genealogists traced his Merthyr Tydfil ancestors and Welsh roots clear back to 1585. He and his brothers also performed for the Queen of England at the Royal Variety Performance in 2003.
The Formula of Success
Throughout their years of making music together, the Osmonds have had a lot of opportunities to look into each other's strengths and weaknesses and know what each of them was best at. That kind of research helped them stay on top of their game and play to each other's strengths.
This is how they came to the formula that helped them create light R&B hits like "Yo-Yo" and "Double Lovin." The formula included lead vocals by Merrill and a chorus or hooks sung by Donny. How good was the formula? Well, good enough to place "Yo-Yo" at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Diversity Is the Name of the Game
Creating so many hits, shows, and different pieces of entertainment means an artist needs to be constantly changing, evolving, and open to new experiments. The Osmonds were definitely that kind of bunch. With so many years of career and so many family members weighing in and bringing new things to the table, the Osmonds were able to touch multiple genres, such as easy listening, rock, and of course, bubblegum pop.
This is how "We Can Make It Together" (easy listening) and "Crazy Horses" (rock) came out around the same, with completely different sounds and musical arrangements, catering to different tastes.
There was nothing ordinary about the way that the nine Osmond siblings grew up. Let's start with the fact that there are nine of them. That, in and of itself, is out of the ordinary. Then there is the fact that they worked together as performing artists for as long as they can remember.
But these are all things you already know. What you don't know is that they all had time for some extra-curricular stuff, and that stuff was karate! All nine siblings trained in karate under the capable hands of none other than revered martial artist Chuck Norris!