MBA – The Osmonds Christmas Album LP Review

 

Season 2 Episode 3

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The Osmond Christmas Double LP Review
Mark and Chris discuss and play The Osmond Christmas album which was released on December 18, 1976 – enjoy

MBA – The Osmonds Crazy Horses LP Review

Season 2 Episode 2

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Crazy Horses LP Review
Mark and Chris discuss and play the 1972 groundbreaking album by The Osmonds – Crazy Horses!

MBA – The 1st Donny & Marie Show!

Season 1 Episode 3

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Donny & Marie kicked off their iconic television show with their first ever episode on November 16, 1975. And what a resplendent episode it is, chock full of so many amazing bad apples. Your hosts Mark and Chris discuss all of the amazing (and, in Chris’ case, mind blowing) highlights: the Osmond brothers presenting a trippy (and hilariously costumed) performance of the song “Gotta Get Love”; Donny does a karate workout (!) with Chuck Norris(!!!!); and so much more. Please give us a listen and share the bad apples with us.

 

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MBA – Valentine’s Day Special!

Season 1 Episode 2

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In our 2nd episode of MBA we review :
The Osmond Family Valentine’s Day Special (1979) With Andy Gibb, Ruth Buzzi and Paul Lynde as guests!



This show first aired on 2/11/79 and this is a rundown of what is in this nearly 40 year old gem!

  • All Osmonds – “Love Is A Good Foundation”
  • Marie, Jay & Jimmy – “You’re Not Sick You’re Just In Love”
  • Andy Gibb – “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”
  • Old Fashioned Love Song Segment
  • Paul Lynde – Cupid Basic Training
  • Donny – “Puppy Love”
  • Marie & Ruth Buzzi – Usherette Skit
  • Osmond Brothers – “Baby’s Back”
  • Paul Lynde & Ruth Buzzi
  • Love Birds Skit
  • Party Finale

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MBA – Michael Landon & Don Knotts!

Season 1 Episode 1

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In our PILOT episode of MBA we review :

The Donny & Marie Show With Michael Landon, Don Knotts and Billy Barty as guests!

This show first aired on 4/30/76 and this is a rundown of what is in this nearly 40 year old gem!

  • Opening song “Keep The Customer Satisfied”
  • Monsters skit (Monster Mash)
  • D&M Medley “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “Honky Cat”, “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” & “Boogie Man”
  • Marie sings “Weeping Willow”
  • Osmond brothers sing “Utah”
  • Donny gets thrown into a huge pie
  • Happy Birthday USA finale – remember it WAS 1976!

A special thank you to Dave Evans for not only the support but for providing a remarkable collection of Osmond classics to the public!

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1976 Donnie & Marie New Years Eve Special

Season 2 – Episode 9
The 1976 Donnie and Marie Osmond New Years’ Eve Special

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Mark and Chris discuss the incredible 1976 Donnie and Marie Osmond New Years’ Eve ABC Special!

“A World Without Osmonds”

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1976 run of Mattel’s Donny & Marie dolls. Marie looks like it was made from a “Barbie” mold, but Donny looks original.

“I think the Native Americans are AS American as John and Ethel Barrymore and Donny and Marie Osmond…”
Bill Murray, “Tootsie”
Now this is something you don’t really see anymore in television: the variety special, the Osmonds, Donny and Marie, Paul Lynde as Santa Claus with a bubbly, pony-tailed, candy cane-fellating Marie Osmond sitting on his knee. You feel safe with Paul Lynde. You don’t feel like he’s going to do something we’ll all regret later. Paul Lynde makes me laugh. His quirks, his appeal; his Seventies Version of Gay (S.V.G. for short), up there with Charles Nelson Reilly or Liberace.
The Osmond family gathers in the snow-covered mountains of Utah. At one point, Jimmy is separated from the rest of the family so he can sing a song about Jesus. Donny and Marie Osmond are a force for good. They come to save us. They shoot each other strange glances. When Marie Osmond makes eye contact, the result is devastating. Donnie quakes in his L.L. Bean survival boots.
This show is a lot of fun to watch. There’s an innocence about all this, and even though jokes can be made, they’re only made from a nostalgic, sarcastic, contemporary place. For that is the future we have wrought! A future where Donny and Marie Osmond can no longer exist. There is hope. You can go to Las Vegas and see the raven-haired siblings perform. She’s a “little bit country” and he’s a “little bit rock n’ roll” and nobody can stop their song. Nobody!
Imagine a world without Osmonds, a world without Soldiers of Love spewing sacred emotion all over the Wasatch Mountain Range, bringing tidings of great joy and the Mormom message, which I think involves holy underwear and wife-trading, but I can’t be sure. When the Osmonds vanished from the television landscape, all that was left was banality, and Seinfeld, and Friends, and Will & Grace. The televised variety show was deader than disco.
If it were not for the cherished few who upload a lot of this stuff on YouTube, we would be hard-pressed to find any of these shows. Very few are available on DVD or VHS. These specials are relics and products of their time.
A & E (The Arts & Entertainment Network) used to run shows like these before they got all reality-based. You would see Donny and Marie and the Osmonds, Laugh-In, Sonny & Cher, Hee-Haw, Battle of the Network Stars, The Muppet Show, The Jacksons, The Andy Williams Show, and Carol Burnett. You would see old “Mystery Wheel” shows like Columbo, Heck Ramsey, and Kojak. For a time, Bravo ran these shows and then they ran on the now-defunct Trio Network, a kind-of pop culture clearing house.
Somewhere in Las Vegas, there is a magical place where Donny and Marie continue to sing for us. They continue to engage in awkward banter. They continue to inspire us.

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