Top 5 Donny Osmond Songs From the 1970s

Updated on November 18, 2019
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From the moment I first laid eyes on Donny Osmond, it was puppy love! I have such sweet memories of Donny. He was my first love (at that time, my only love). Up until that point, I didn't know what love was. I was just 13 years old and, to me, boys were just boys and girls were just girls.

I remember the very first time I saw Donny on TV. That moment felt so romantic. I can still imagine it. I was sitting at the dinner table, roast beef, boiled potatoes, and carrots were on the plate in front of me. Those carrots were so orange and red. They stand out in my mind.

Why? Because, I choked on the darn things! Donny was on, and when I turned around to watch him sing, something strange happened to my body and mind. I felt like my stomach was dropping to my boots, my head felt hot and, in my mire (so to speak), I swallowed a carrot and it went down the wrong way!

My mum jumped up and bashed me on the back. I remember flapping my hands at her to "Get out of the darn way!" If I was going to suffocate, then at least let me see my love! Ah, memories! Of course, from that moment on, he has influenced my choice of men. They were always dark haired and slim. So, in tribute to my first love, I present to you my favorite songs sung by Donny Osmond. Thank you, Donny!

Donny Osmond Songs From the 1970s

  • "Young Love"—1973
  • "Puppy Love"—1972
  • "Too Young"—1972
  • "When I Fall in Love"—1973
  • "The Twelfth of Never"—1973

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Donny Osmond

"Young Love"—1973

In 1973, Donny revived this 1956 hit. Originally written by Ric Carter and Carole Joyner, it was such a hit that it was covered many times over, by such singers as Sonny James and Tab Hunter, just to name a few. That said, the 1973 version is the absolute best.

Young love (young love), first love (first love)

Filled with true devotion

Young love (young love), our love (our love)

We share with deep emotion

— Donny Osmond, "Young Love"

"Puppy Love"—1972

Knowing my past, it's obvious why I'd choose this song. Let's face it, what I felt for Donny Osmond at that time was pretty much the definition of puppy love. I suppose you could say I had an enormous crush!

The song was first written by Paul Anka in 1960. He wrote the song for his love, Annette Funicello, who he was dating at that time. The love may not have lasted, but the song has endured.

Someone, help me, help me, help me please

Is the answer up above

How can I, oh how can I tell them

This is not a puppy love

— Donny Osmond, "Puppy Love"

"Too Young"—1972

Considering my teenage crush on Donny, this is another very appropriate song. I loved this one, as it seemed at the time as though it were written for me and Donny! Ah, youth, so young and innocent, but magical none the less.

Too Young was the fourth studio album by Donny Osmond. It was released in 1972. Both "Too Young "and "Why" reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts. The album was certified gold at the RIAA in 1973.

And yet we're not too young to know

This love will last though years may go

And then some day they may recall

We were not too young at all

— Donny Osmond, "Too Young"

"A Time for Us"—1973

A Time For Us is the sixth studio album by Donny Osmond. It reached the top 100 on the Billboard charts and was certified gold in January 1974.

The song "A Time for Us" was also the love theme of the film Romeo and Juliet (1968), which starred Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. If you want to watch any film adaptation of a Shakespeare play, then this is the one to watch. It is a fabulous film!

A time for us someday there'll be

When chains are torn by courage born of a love that's free

A time when dreams so long denied can flourish

As we unveil the love we now must hide

— Donny Osmond, "A Time for Us"

"When I Fall in Love"—1973

"When I Fall in Love" was written by Victor Young, who wrote the music, and Edward Hayman, who came up with the wonderful lyrics (back in April of 1952). In fact, it was first sung in the movie One Minute to Zero, which starred Robert Mitchum and Ann Blythe. It's one of my favorite Donny songs ever!

When I fall in love it will be forever

Or I'll never fall in love

In a restless world like this is

Love is ended before it's begun.

— Donny Osmond, "When I Fall in Love"

"The Twelfth of Never"—1973

"The Twelfth of Never" was written and performed by Johnny Mathis. It was released for the first time in 1957. Cliff Richard also recorded the record. The most popular and well-known version was, of course, recorded and sung by Donny Osmond in 1973.

This is my favorite of all Donny Osmond's records. The first time I heard it, I fell in love with the song. After all these years, it still brings a tear to my eye to remember those days when I fell in love for the first time.

You ask me how much I need you

Must I explain

I need you oh my darling

Like roses need rain.

— Donny Osmond, "The Twelfth of Never"

Donny's Career Since Then...

So, what has Donny been doing since performing all of these famous songs? Well, for many years, Donny and his sister Marie have been performing together as a duo. He also starred as Joseph in the famous film adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where he sung lead on the song "Coat of Many Colours." And, to top off an already incredible career, he won Dancing with the Stars back in 2009.

He has also been known to host a few game shows in his time, such as Pyramid and The Great American Dream Vote. Along with radio shows and musical theater, Donny is as successful today as he was back then as a teen. One of the reasons that Donny is still in the public eye is because he has learned to adapt and change. His music is different, more mellow, and he has embraced work in films and TV. On top of that, he is still as handsome as ever. Maybe not in that boyish cute kind of way, but in a warm way, having that beautiful and friendly smile.

Donny still has millions of fans all over the world (that includes me). I may be an adult now, with many years on the clock, but I still remember that first flush of love when I looked across the room at the TV and thought, "Wow who is that boy?" It was that moment of heart-melting romance that lead me to met and marry a dark haired man.

Donny Osmond Today.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Thanks Mary, me too!

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      4 months ago

      Yum! Love the article. Always loved him.

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      5 months ago

      Hi Audrey,

      I saw him on his GB tour a couple of years ago - I'd waited 40yrs to be lucky enough - and omg it was incredible! It brought back memories and emotions that I had no idea where still there. He was my first love too. I really went back to being 13 again. At one point he came into the audience to sing to a lady (I nearly wrote 'girl') who's birthday it was, and he was so close to me that it felt like time had stopped. Crazy!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      LOL! Thanks Mary! yes that carrot incident was pretty bizarre to be honest! but funny too! loved him to bits! thanks for reading, nell

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      When you look back, it is amazing to think just how popular he was. With the Osmonds and the Jackson 5 competing for the top boy bands.

      He was a first love for many women our age. For me, it was Elvis, though.

      I think Donny had terrible stage fright if I'm not mistaken.

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I hope the carrot episode didn't stop you eating them. LOL

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      lol! oh how age defines us! LOL! thanks Solaras!

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      Barbara Fitzgerald 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      He has some sort of a home design and furnishings company with his wife now. I think it's called Osmond Design; I came across it on Wayfair lol.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      HiyaPaula, lol! I fell in love with him over carrots and beef! LOL! never saw the Donny and Marie show, maybe one or two? can't remember. but yes watching him now is pretty weird! lol! always great to see you Paula, nell

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      3 years ago from Carson City

      Nell....Donny Osmond!!?? Holy Moly girl, Nothing like a blast from the past. The Donny & Marie show was very entertaining...."I'm a little bit country.......I'm a little bit rock n roll".....Yeah baby! They were such a cute brother & sister routine.

      I was going to say exactly what Audrey said about Donny's amazing role in the Broadway Show, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

      BTW.....Marie looks like a Million Bucks in her "Nutri System" Ads!!

      Thanks for awakening my fond memories from the past! Love, Paula

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Thanks Audrey, wow I didn't realise that you had sung on the same stage! How amazing! I am goin on stage this year so really nervous! lol!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      HI Nell

      I'm back again for a second read about the one-and-only Donny Osmond. I actually performed on the same stage and for the same venue as Donny years ago. It was a television telethon to raise money for a children's cancer benefit.

      Donny's best performance (in my opinion) was his role as Joseph in the Broadway production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Colored Dreamcoat."

      I love the photos you've selected for your hub. "Puppy Love" will always linger in my memories as Donnys best.

      Thanks once again for this entertaining and fabulous hub. Sharing.



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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Say Yes, wow! I would treasure that too! He is amazing isn't he? thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      A friend of mine saw The Osmonds in concert in the early 70s, and she said at one point, Donny looked straight at her. That is a memory to be treasured forever!

      Donny has done really well. He is still married to his first wife; they have five sons. Several years back, his oldest son married and they had their first child, a daughter. Donny said, "Finally! Ain't it time!". As you know, he came from a family with nine kids, and Marie was the only girl.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      lol! sounds like you were a big fan like me! the only difference is that I never got to go see them unfortunately, thanks so much flourish!

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      4 years ago from USA

      This brought back old memories of playing his albums and watching the Donnie and Marie Show every Friday night! I even went to a concert with my dad and owned Donnie and Marie dolls.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Paula, no we don't get him over here much these days, and as for Marie I haven't seen her in years, just brings back memories, those were the days! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Linda, yes many years ago I choked on a carrot! LOL! but I still love him, he is great isn't he? thanks as always, nell

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      4 years ago from Carson City

      Donny Osmond was always a cutey.....and he & Marie had a fun TV show for a while. She turned into a gorgeous woman.....(lots of surgery, money & make-up) I haven't seen Donny in a long time.

      Good hub, Nell!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awww! This brings back fun memories. I was a big fan of Puppy Love. A friend of mine and I were singing "I'm a little bit country, he's a little bit rock and roll..." just yesterday!! :)

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      HI Shyron, thanks for reading, yes he was lovely back then wasn't he? glad you liked it, nell

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Awe Nell, who wasn't in love with Donnie? You can include me and all the men loved Marie.

      The videos I did enjoy and the conjured up more memories than I can handle for today, that means I will be back to read this again to listen to the videos again.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Audrey, yes he was my first love! LOL! glad you liked it, nell

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What a fabulous photo of Donny (top of the page). This hub is full of fun facts and videos about one of my favorite singers. He was amazing on Broadway in "Joseph and the colored dream coat."

      Big thanks Nell! Sharing.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      lol! Hi Shauna, yes I told him! he sort of grunted, grinned and said ah well! LOL! thanks for reading, and yes Donny was so cute!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Don't you just want to run your fingers through that gorgeous head of hair?!

      I still remember all the words to "Puppy Love", but didn't realize it until I found myself singing along. Goodness, he didn't sound like his hormones had kicked in enough to know that tummy-tingling feeling we all remember so well!

      Nell, does your husband realize he's your Donny Wanna Be? Ha ha. I'll never tell!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      LOL! thanks Peggy! yes those carrots! thanks for reading, nell

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Donny Osmond was a cute kid and has turned into a very good looking man as well. I am still smiling over that rather violent reaction you had when first spotting him on television. Glad you did not end your life at that moment because of choking on a carrot. :)) Pinning to my Interesting People board and will also share.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Yes of course! let my people go! I forgot about that! LOL! and yes you got that totally right! the smell, the terror, oh how lovely were the 70s! thanks for the laugh Besarien!

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      4 years ago from South Florida

      Hello NellRose! This hub is such a blast from the past for me! So many memories. I owned Puppy Love. It had Let My People Go on the flipside which is why a family member gave it to me for my birthday in 1972. I remember a friend from school named Penny who wore purple socks in Donny's honor. She and I choreographed a really silly dance routine to Puppy Love in my sister's full length mirror to entertain ourselves on a rainy day that summer, probably 1973. I can smell the musty citrus funk of Diorella which I'm pretty sure my sister used to bathe in when she bathed at all. I remember couple skating once with a really cute boy to The 12th of Never. Everybody smelled like Ten o Six lotion and Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers so that was probably about 1974. The seventies were so much fun when they weren't completely terrifying.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Deb, he certainly was!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think if you grew up with The Osmonds, Donny was your secret crush.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Frank, just browsing down my memories! lol!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      A great share Nell Rose, I didnt know who Donny Osmond was, but I utubed some of the songs you listed... very nice :)

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Jewels, thanks, I just suddenly saw him in my mind and thought, aw I used to love him! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      4 years ago from Australia

      Well well well Nell! Memories and time associations of my teenage years. So timely on Valentines Day to boot. Think this hub will do very well with the baby boomers. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Aw thanks Shyron, yes every girls dream, memories! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Nell, I don't think I missed an episode of Donnie and Marie. Donnie was probably every little girl's dream.

      Thank you for sharing each and every song.

      Blessings and hugs

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Chitrangada, always lovely to see you, and yes Donny was and is still gorgeous!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, he was around in the 70s but still very popular today, thanks as always, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      So nice of you to share this love story on Valentine's Day. It is a beautiful tribute to Donny Osmond, bringing back the loving memories. It is great that Donny is as successful now as ever and so good looking too.

      The songs you listed are so appropriate for Valentine's day.

      Great hub and thanks for sharing!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Donny Osmond is new to me, I have heard Cliff Richards though. Thank you for the introduction.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks DDE, glad you liked it, nell

      Hi John, it was 'Morning side of the mountain' He sang it with Marie, great song! and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, yes he had the most gorgeous smile didn't he? ah memories! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Nell, bringing back the memories and it is great that Donny is as successful now as ever and still a good looking guy. I admit to liking his songs especially those he sang with Marie who I had a crush on :)

      What was that song "Other side of the Mountain" or something? Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Valentines day is such a love day. The songs you listed here are good too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the memories, Nell. The feature that I remember best about Donny Osmond is his earlier career was his lovely smile. I absolutely loved the Romeo and Juliet movie that you mentioned!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, yes those shows were amazing! I don't think there are any like it now, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks MsDora, yes a bit tongue in cheek so to speak, lol! but true back then, nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I remember Donny well, and I loved all his songs. He and Marie look so much alike. I loved their show. Ah the good old times when variety shows were the best. Thanks for the memories and videos.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, sweet of you to share this love story on Valentine's Day. Yes, Donny is still handsome and what a beautiful tribute to him!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      lol! thanks billy, yes a long time ago, I choked on a carrot! LOL! wasn't it lovely being kids?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, you are really going back into the musical archives for this one. He was an oddity considering the musical landscape when he was singing.....and yet he was popular. Personally I was much more fond of Marie. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      lol! thanks Glimmer! yes me too! I was singing them all evening yesterday as I was writing this! In fact the singing took over from the writing!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, yes you have put that exactly the way I was thinking! and yes it makes me cry too, for those reasons. I would love to be back there, and feel those feelings of magic of the future, with the excitement that comes with knowing you have it all in front of you, have a wonderful Valentines Day.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Boy do these songs take me back and put a smile on my face. My husband is going to roll his eyes when I start singing "Puppy Love" today! Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Auw. Donny Osmond.... and his sister Mary! I was so in love with him. My wardrobe and bedroom door were lined with posters of him. (We were not allowed to put any posters on the walls!) Whenever I hear one of his songs today, I cry. Of course, I mourn the passing of my youth and innocence. That listening to music, flat on my back or tummy, alone or in the company of friends, with only dreams in my heart, auw, what will I give to have all of that back :)

      Thanks, Nell, for making me remember how wonderful it was to be a young teenager in love with Donny Osmond. May you have an awesome Valentines Day :)


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