Donny Osmond thrilled his Instagram fans with a throwback video from 1971, taken when the singer was at the height of his teen idol popularity. In the video, he was performing with singer Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.
The duo was on stage singing “Teach Me How to Dance” from the television special, Movin’ With Nancy, On Stage. The special was filmed from Nancy’s Las Vegas nightclub act, where she had appeared with The Osmonds.
Both Donny and Nancy were wearing the height of 1970s fashion.
Nancy, 31 at the time of the performance, sported a glamorous purple sparkly gown that had an illusion top and a criss-cross pattern of rhinestone accents across her chest and shoulders. Her hair was long and full, worn in a fashion typical of the era. Her face sported a neutral makeup palette except for black eyeliner in a cat-eye style.
Donny, 14 at the time, wore his favorite color, purple, matching Nancy’s outfit. His accent turtleneck stood out against a white suit and vest.
The two would first revisit their duet together when Nancy appeared on Donny & Marie’s talk show in April of 1999, where the clip was shown to the audience and Donny spoke of his crush on Nancy at the time.
An audio clip of his admission was posted on Sinatra Family, a blog honoring the famous singers.
Fans were thrilled at the throwback clip and many said it took them back to a time when they harbored their own crushes on the teen idol.
During that period, Donny was emerging as a solo artist, though he continued to perform alongside his brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay in their family band, The Osmonds.
“Looks kinda like ‘puppy love,'” quipped one fan, using the title of one of Donny’s most famous songs in their Instagram comment.
“OMG, the smile on your face is priceless! What a great memory. Thanks for sharing!” a second social media user wrote.
A third fan remarked, “Bringing back memories of such wonderful times. Watching you brings back my butterflies.”
This week of 1972 we set off for our 1st #UKTour. As luck would have it, I returned to the UK for a speaking engagement this week. It felt great to be back as I recalled memories of our 1st tour there. For anyone who was there, what do you remember from that tour?#WBW #TheOsmonds pic.twitter.com/421kMUxaGz— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) October 30, 2019
Donny has worked with many of the greatest musicians and performers in current history throughout his career — which spans almost 60 years — including Nancy, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Farah Fawcett, Chuck Norris, Tina Turner, and The Jacksons.
Unfortunately, his success as a teen heartthrob didn’t carry over as he got older, and it took most of the ’80s for him to be able to reinvent himself and come into his own. The ’90s saw him turn to Broadway, where he found success in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Most of his career in the new millennium has revolved around his Las Vegas residency with his sister, Marie Osmond. The siblings recently closed out their 11-year residency at The Flamingo Hotel. He’s far from hanging up his mic however. He is currently finishing work on his 61st album.
After 11 yrs & 1,730 shows, we just finished the final performance of our #DonnyandMarie Vegas residency.— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) November 17, 2019
????"May tomorrow be a perfect day, May you find love & laughter along the way. May God keep you in his tender care, 'till he brings us together again. Goodnight everybody!"???? pic.twitter.com/AqkLZM7ltK