Incredible Stories About The Osmond Family

The Osmonds’ First Two Children Were Deaf & Mom And Dad Were Told To Stop Having Kids

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George Virl Osmond, Sr. and Olive Osmond had nine children: Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie, and Jimmy. Their first two sons, Virl and Tom, were each born with a hearing impairment. During an interview with Ability magazine, Marie commented, “God does interesting things to you. My parents’ first two children were born deaf, and the next four have perfect pitch.”

George and Olive were told not to have more kids, but luckily they did. Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay started off as a barbershop quartet. Donny and Jimmy later joined the group, and they became The Osmonds. Marie launched a solo career in 1973.