Well, the day arrived at last, Sunday 30th November 2014 ! Such excitement as I thought ‘Am I going to be on ?’ Wow to be on a programme with Donny, felt like a dream. But yes it was all real ! The programme started, I was so excited but thoughts of anticipation running through me, will they, won’t they! Lots of great footage was shown from the early days of the Osmonds, visiting the UK & Heathrow incident with the wall collapsing due to so many fans waiting for their arrival ! Donny spoke about his life, his faith, it was a honest, loving interview (had a little cry !) also appearing was Marie, Roger Holt – Record Producer, David Hughes – Press Officer, Tony Prince – DJ and of course Maureen – Fan Club Manager/Secretary, all giving great stories from way back, all so interesting to listen to. Then around 29 mins+ I was on, so hard to see yourself on TV ! Do I really sound like that, hehe! I appeared a few more times, the funniest clip was about ‘7UP’ cans & how I used to collect them & put them on my bedroom window sill after drinking them of course, oh dear !! Had to do it way back then, the Osmonds drank it !!! It was a fantastic experience, would I do it again, a BIG YES as any opportunity to talk about Donny & my experiences is always the best time ever, ‘as he makes me go all funny !!’ xx Watch Donny’s Interview with Fern and ENJOY! CLICK HERE TO WATCH PROG:- http://youtu.be/jC7yZajxz6o ( Almost 58K views – put on YouTube by Terri Wilson ) Goodnight Everybody xx @donnyosmond @fern_britton @tinamckenzie donny.com 🎶🎼 http://www.tinamckenzie.blog
A magazine every Osmond fan bought back in 1973 (Nov ’73 Issue 1) to 1977 & maybe longer, I had mine delivered to home, could not imagine missing an edition ! One month, to be precise the August 1976 Issue, Maureen, Fan Club Secretary, wrote about a new fun thing happening in future editions, ‘Fan of the Month’. You had to write in, ( yes write & post details, remember doing that ! ) with details of yourself & include a photo, of course I had to do that ! As usual my issue dropped through the letterbox & reading through I reached Maureen’s page & there I was printed in Osmonds’ World No. 36 October 1976 Issue !!
Oh the excitement was overwhelming, sandwiched next to Donny ! What a surprise, sooo glad I wrote to Maureen ! I have of course always kept a copy, well TWO copies actually! ( must get them signed one day, eh Donny ! ) in my ‘Wondertour 1977’ scrapbook, & here I am 41 YEARS LATER blogging about it ! Then in June 2017 this happened….on Instagram 🆒😉…..YES !! (Makes my day, soooo pleased x) Thanks Donny & Nathan x
Memories to keep forever xx
NEWS FLASH: This Blog has resulted in me being contacted by the BBC to be on ‘FernBrittonMeets….DONNY‘ (Oct/Nov 2014) Pls have a read of Blogs below & link to watch programme too X
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News came through from Donny ‘something exciting’ was happening soon…what was it going to be ?🆒
Well it didn’t take long for the ‘something exciting’ to be found out…did you really think we wouldn’t investigate & find out Donny !!👍
So sent my question through & this happened….thanks Donny !
Have a look at Donny’s Facebook Page to watch Q&A’s video after the launch….it’s cool ! 🆒👍
Loving the new Website Donny, listening to all the old songs is a wonderful idea, the same for the ‘Timeline’, love it 🆒👍
If you haven’t already, visit the website soon and enjoy looking back to the Early days through to Now, remember to sign up for Donny’s Newsletter x👍
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🎂IT’S A VERY SPECIAL DAY TODAY DECEMBER 9th 2017…..Happy 60th Birthday Donny 🎂 🎉 What happened to those years, that’s what I’ll be saying in little over 2 years’ time too ! 🎈🎈Back to Donny…..we are still so interested & fascinated with his life, his whereabouts & everything he does every day…..why is that ladies & gents ? When I get asked ‘So what’s Donny up to today’ & amazingly I could answer with ‘Still at the Flamingo’ or whatever Donny had shared with us on Social Media that day, that’s why we adore him & all the Family, always in contact with us !🎶🎵🎼 Love receiving Tweets & Instagram ‘likes’ & ‘retweets’ & ‘Yeah Baby’ replies 😉 Does he realise how MUCH that makes my day ! Sure he does XX😘
My first meeting back in 1977 at KTLA Studios was to be a day I’ve never forgotten (of course !)
Our next ‘actual’ meeting together was a few years later on ‘Donny & Marie UK Tour 2013’ in Bournemouth, won a twitter competition for ‘Front Row’ seats & ‘Meet & Greet’ 😉🆒 WOW ! Another day I will NEVER forget XX 💜 These SPECIAL times are the reason I write my Blogs 💜XX
A ‘MUST HAVE’ new App to download, but what’s it all about, only Donny knows! 🆒 Everyone attending his Concerts over the next 2 weeks here in the UK for ‘THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE TOUR’ should be downloading this App ready to use during his exciting performance & that’s all I know, so let’s see what happens when I go to the BIC BOURNEMOUTH on WED 25th JANUARY, I’m counting the days now ! That night will be BLOG No. 53, so will be writing about an exciting experience with this APP ! Thanks Donny ! 🆒👍XX 🎶🎼🎵
Goodnight Everybody X
@donnyosmond @tinamckenzie donny.com
Donny here sooon 🎶🎼🆒 xx
Today’s the DAY ! 🎵 xx
BIC BOURNEMOUTH taken from Pier 🎶
Well…. it’s the morning after a FANTASTIC Show with the ONE & ONLY DONNY 💋💜, he’s amazing, brilliant, very entertaining as so many fans know 💋 it was a packed BIC BOURNEMOUTH (on the South Coast) last night. On the morning of the Concert I drove to Bournemouth (only hour away) & was to meet my friend Hilde who I haven’t seen for 35 years from Norway to watch the show. Hilde was out shopping so I walked along the Beach & Pier as the weather had brightened up, actually I wondered if Donny had arrived yet so passed the BIC just incase ! No luck ! Walked back to hotel after I heard from Hilde, lovely seeing her, went for lunch & wondered around shops, on way back passed through the BIC for coffee & yes Donny was in the building, ‘Crazy Horses’ sounding good ! Wanted to sneak in but that was a NO NO ! Time had come to go back to hotel, change & have dinner, we then entered the foyer filled with VERY EXCITED fans ready & waiting for him, ( DONNY STILL DOES IT !), we collected our VIP goody bag, we took our seats, Row C, a fantastic view of the stage, worth paying extra for these seats ! Anytime for him eh….! ( 👎the only frustrating thing on the night were the ‘purple cards’….thought we would ALL get the chance to write on a card but only random cards were given out….VERY disappointing !!!👎 ) Then it was time, OH MY, OH MY, AMAZING, AMAZING, what can you say about Donny performing! ALL NIGHT PLEASE! 💋💜 ( did see instructions to use ‘Concert APP’ but Donny was soooo close I couldn’t take my eyes off him, sorry Donny I didn’t use it ! )
Hilde & I were VERY excited….nearly time !
These following photos show what a fantastic evening it was xxx🎶🎼🎵🆒
Lovely items in Goody Bag, wonder who will ‘doggie walk’ with me now with that hat & scarf !! he he !!
DVD recording just been announced, will be brilliant to see Concert again, & again, & again ! **Recorded Birmingham Concert, the last night of Tour**
Thank you Donny for touring the UK, made us all feel young again ! Hopefully see you again VERY soon 🎶🎼🎵xxxx (I’m writing this blog during early hours after Concert, cannot sleep, see what you do Donny !!)
ONE LAST & STRANGE THOUGHT….. my ‘Facebook Memory’ on this Exact same Date 4 years ago at same Place was this:-
NOW that’s another BLOG, maybe have a look…. 🎶🎼🎵xx
ANNOUNCEMENT MADE: Friday JULY 14th DVD release…yes ! Hopefully Donny will be over to UK to promote DVD, not sure if that will happen ?
*** Short TOUR UK again maybe planned 2018 ? start saving NOW ! 💋***✈✈✈
Goodnight everybody xx
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🌷I had a VERY SPECIAL DAY today & Donny was invited too!! ‘Afternoon Tea’ was a lovely special treat as I was leaving Willowdene Nursery School after 22 years, off & on ! The girls know my madness about Donny….!!
Brilliant, LOVE IT ! Soooo thoughtful !💋 Even took him outside for a while ! 😉
It was a lovely ‘Afternoon Tea’, more wonderful presents, thank you girls, Will miss you all xx🌷🌻🌼xx
Having a laugh tonight with Donny, he’s stood in our lounge & keep catching him stood there, forgot he’s there ! hehe ! 🌷
** THEN THIS HAPPENED …!! What can you say to that ! 🆒😉xx
Ended this Blog VERY NICELY THANK YOU x 💜 http://www.tinamckenzie.blog
A VERY SPECIAL REQUEST is that you tune into this great RADIO SHOW each month, it’s all about the Osmonds, need I say more…..🎶🎼🎵
Words from Tom:- 🎸🎹On this month’s show, 1970’s Teen Idol Tony Defranco joins Tom Roach in the studio and discusses the first time he met The Osmonds !
Tom Roach will interview the Very First “Osmond Family Hour” Facebook Contest WINNER – Over 15 Osmond “Album Cuts” will be played all within one hour. (Album Cuts are songs from Osmond albums that were not released as singles but were good enough to be massive hits!).
A NEVER before released Osmond song will be aired on this month’s show ! And much, much more !
THIS MONTHS BROADCAST DATES: THURSDAY APRIL 27th 🎶 FRIDAY APRIL 28th 🎶 SATURDAY APRIL 29th 🎶 SUNDAY APRIL 30th 🎶
🎶🎹🎸Here are the broadcast dates and times along with the link to the radio station and to the Facebook Page: To listen to the show go to http://www.mybnr.com and click on the “Listen Live” photo. SHOW BROADCAST TIMES & DATES:
Airs THURSDAY, April 27th @ 3.00pm & 8.00pm Eastern time, with encores on the following days – all Eastern times: FRIDAY, April 28th @ 5am & 9am, SATURDAY, April 29th @ 3pm, SUNDAY, April 30th @ 3pm & 8pm. All times EST check time/zones differences, i.e UK is 5 hrs ahead, so in the UK it will be airing at 8pm…..
Please invite your friends & their friends to join “The Osmond Family Hour with Tom Roach” Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/252500101840424/
DON’T MISS THE SHOW, AN HOUR OF NOTHING BUT OSMOND MUSIC, STORIES, TRIVIA & MUCH MORE !! 🎶🎵🎼🎹🎸
Tune in online, it’s a worldwide station, no one needs to miss it at http://www.mybnr.com
Sometimes folks ask “Who is Tom Roach?” Take a look at these brilliant photos of Tom and some of the Osmond Family…… (photos from Tom himself)
On stage with Merrill, Jay & Wayne. There is a good reason why they didn’t give me a mic!
On the set of the Pyramid game show with Valerie and Donny.
Me with Marie backstage after a double sold out concert series.
With Marcus & Jay.
Nathan & I with Rascal Flatts backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Jay & I hanging out in Utah.
Singing backup for Nathan at the Kentucky State Fair.
Another airport – Back On The Road Again.
Nathan & I attending an event to assist wounded military veterans.
With Nathan at The Kentucky State Fair.
With Nathan after receiving the TOYA Award (Elvis Presleys most prized award).
Jay & Eric Osmond visiting with my sweet Mother & Father at their home in Indiana.
I read my twitter page on the morning of August 6th & read Nathan’s tweet, he was in the UK and visiting London TODAY ! Well that was worth a trip to London, so suggested to my daughter Abbie if she fancied a shopping trip, oh and to include a meet with Nathan & Sarah X That was a yes to the shopping & come along to Westminster Abbey to keep me company and meet them. After the shops made our way to the Abbey and sat and waited & then they arrived having a Tour Guide show them around, good idea. But having travelled early that morning attending the ‘Hearing Fund UK Gala’ in Leeds, they were tired with all the Tour walking ! Abbie & I had a lovely time with Nathan & Sarah, a lovely couple. We talked for a long time and had photos taken, all very exciting.
Same to you Nathan 👍
Thank you Nathan & Sarah for making this fan very happy, hope to meet again soon…. X
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The day is nearly here, yes next Tuesday 24th Sept 2013, with my girlfriends, we will be watching Merrill, Jay & Jimmy here in my hometown Basingstoke, Hampshire performing at The Anvil. They are touring around the UK at the moment & I’m sooo pleased they are coming here! So get ready for my new blog & hopefully good photos for you all to share of my special evening with three special people ( & my girlfriends of course ! ) xxx
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Tuesday 24th September 2013
The day had come, I could not believe that The Osmonds were coming to my town Basingstoke, (it’s a town in Hampshire, UK on south coast).
There are many words to describe a fantastic evening watching the Osmonds perform on stage but I shall just say WOW, WOW, WOW ! They performed songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, Stevie Wonder songs & song dedications to Andy Williams.
I had bought 5 tickets for my girlfriends in good seats, Angela, June, Debbie & Helen, nice & close to the stage !
They were very pleased with the seats which was great, close enough to maybe get on stage, only joking!!
First on was musical showband JUMP featuring Emily Penny,
they were great performers and very funny too ! Then we had an interval and back to our seats and time for The Osmonds ! WOW, there I go again but they were fantastic, I couldn’t sit down and danced & sang all night to all the favourites ! I could have stayed all night listening to them if they had offered ! They are & always have been a class act and I hope they are back again soon.
Merrill, Jay & Jimmy, thank you for touring the UK and making many ladies feel young again !! Come back soon xx
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I remembered they were up there but 2 days ago they came out of the loft ! I’m talking about vinyl LP’s I bought way back ! My daughter wanted them all out of the loft to play on her new player, time has gone right back to the 70’s. Of course all my LP’s are all Osmond related, I do go way back with this
lovely family, have a read of my other blogs !! I discovered something though, I had 2 copies of ‘Donny & Marie’ Deep Purple LP featuring songs from their television show, but why 2 copies, couldn’t remember,
but looking inside the sleeve I found this letter from ipc magazines, then I remembered, to be honest what the competition was about not sure but that’s ok, just glad I saved the letter, but LP was released around 1976.
It’s been great looking back at my vinyl’s, great to keep & play again in years to come ! x
Goodnight Everybody !
Look at what I found recently in a Charity Music Shop, Marie’s LP for 99p ! As you see from a previous blog I have a few Osmond vinyls but not this one. I was lucky to find inside details of ‘The Osmonds Fan Club’ & how to join, oh sooo long ago when we all joined that !
I have let Marie know & she ‘favorited’ it on Twitter ! So I have a new challenge when I go shopping, to pop into any Vinyl Shops (more & more are popping up) and try to add to my Osmond Collection, how many will I find I wonder. I have my daughter’s record player to try them on (sure she will not mind ! ) & I can then put them all on my phone to listen to, oh happy days !!
Goodnight Everybody x
@marieosmond @donnyosmond @tinamckenzie
I’ve been away to Bournemouth for the weekend & guess what I found, more Osmond vinyls, the shop had quite a few at £1 each ! Couple of them I originally had on cassette so thought I’d get them on vinyl too ! I’ve started listening to them on my daughter’s player & they sound great, just need to transfer them onto my phone next, yippee x Anyone else found any vinyls out there, it’s interesting searching for Vinyl shops & then pot luck as to what they have, good fun, I’ll keep looking x
Goodnight Everybody xx
- Day 16 Monday 12th September 1977
Today we were to leave for LA International Airport again. We checked in ok & waited to board the plane at 3pm & left USA at 345pm (boo hoo), arriving UK at 945pm (hopefully). Goodnight everybody !
💋BLOG set up in 2013….’So this is where my Diary ends…. I decided I would love to share so set up my Blogs…..so I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them……it made me laugh at all the ‘EXACT DETAILS’ I wrote about but being Age 17 at the time it was a ‘Very Special’ trip & meant the ‘World’ to me, I have left out some details on Day 5 Blog as I wrote pages & pages & pages on this special day, BUT I’m pleased I wrote the Diary as it’s been great fun blogging it. Would I do the trip all over again ? Definitely a BIG BIG YES x ‘💋
Goodnight everybody !
Today we go home ! I felt happy & sad. We left at 12noon to L.A. Airport, we arrived & waited but Ron appeared & said our flight had been cancelled for 24 hours ! We were worried that parents would be waiting at Gatwick London, the only thing was to phone. We had been given alternative acommodation I’m pleased to say. We stayed in Airport Park & given allowance for food, which was good. We went to our rooms & watched TV for a while, a disco was arranged for the evening after having a buffet style dinner. The disco finished at 115am, back to our room & fell asleep. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 14 Saturday 10th September 1977
Today Angela’s penpal Marie came to visit & kindly took us around Disneyland,
we left around 11am. It was about one block away so we walked. It was great fun, we had to wait for the rides but they were worth the wait, really fast some of them.
I bought a Mickey Mouse for $ 7.50, he is so cute ! Marie was very nice, she knows the Osmond Family as she grew up in Provo & moved to La Palma but moving back to Provo (don’t blame her) !
She mentioned that Donny was at a disco in Westwood that evening, should we go ? We left Disneyland at 9pm & back at the hotel we phoned taxis & it was $30 to Westwood so we forgot that idea ! Marie had arranged a lift at 130am so we looked through photos, Marie offered to take us to the Westwood Church next day but we couldnt go as we were leaving at 12noon & not sure what time we would be back !
Marie left at 130 & by 3am Ang & I put the light out ! Goodnight everybody !
- Day 13 Friday 9th September 1977
Today a really long journey south-westerly via Vegas to Anaheim, Los Angeles, Disneyland area. We left at 6am, arriving in Anaheim’s Holiday Inn at 1030pm after 3 stops. Ron arranged Bingo & luck hit my cards, I won Donny’s book “Donny” which I haven’t got & some more Fan Club postcards. Everyone was trying to win the next copy of the book, I had one number left & told Ang if it came up she could go up for prize, it did & she did ! for her copy of the book ! A fun day. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 12 Thursday 8th September 1977
One week ago today I met Donny ! Today we travel to the Ranch in Avon Country, quite a way out. We paid $ 14.00 which was to include buffet lunch at the Ranch. We passed through Ogden & stopped at the temple for a few minutes. It was beautiful inside, a man told us about the Book of Mormon & when the Osmonds visited the Temple. He asked Keith if we were going to their old house and told us where it was, we did stop outside
& Ron cracked a joke about Donny, when he was born he had to sleep in the mail box outside because there were so many of them !! We travelled for ages & eventually arrived at the Ranch. It was still being built in parts, the Osmonds own a lot of land around the Ranch. We saw Marie’s horse, George
& Mr. Osmond’s brown horse. Kittens were also roaming around, you could tell they were used to people as they came to you straight away. We walked through a field & over a small plank across a small river
to a large field which was were they had laid on a great barbecue for us. We cooked our own hot dogs over the fire & had potato salad, crisps to go with it. Then it was marshmallow time ! We were told to be back at the coach around 3pm, so we walked to the stream, it was so peaceful. Rosie & I walked back over the plank to see the horses, the 6 kittens appeared again. During the walk, Ang & I picked up a stone as a memory !! Before leaving Ron Clark came on to say goodbye. His words were so touching that it made myself & many others cry. We left feeling sad but happy after a great day. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 11 Wednesday 7th September 1977
Today there was an optional excursion to Copper Mine. We decided not to go but to go back to Salt Lake & ZCMI to buy a Donny & Marie L.P. case for $ 6.50. We left around 11am & bought most of our presents in ZCMI, we returned around 5pm ordering another takeaway ! We sat to watch Donny & Marie on a Magic Show, the magician went into a box & Marie put the saw through with some help & when she opened the box, Donny came out ! He looked great ! Donny then sang his new single “You’ve got me dangling on a String “. It was the first time we had heard it. Donny & Marie didn’t come on anymore, so we all got ready to go to the disco downstairs. Donny’s single was played twice & “I’m Sorry” of his new L.P. The lady behind the bar said I looked like someone (again) !! The disco was good fun especially ‘Choir Time’. We sang with coach ‘C’ in front of the others, it was a laugh with Ron & Davy conducting us ! Ended a nice day. Goodnight everybody !
After finding my Audio Cassette Recording during my loft clearout ( that’s another blog, make sure you have a listen), I came across my autograph book from way back too ! In it are some very special entries from 1977 🎹🎼🎶🎤
Dated this one from Maureen back in ’76 x
So very special to have these xx 🎼🎶🎤
Goodnight Everybody x
- Day 10 Tuesday 6th September 1977
Today, we travelled to Provo approx 30 miles away. We turned into Canyon Road and passing Riviera Apartments
passing a few blocks and Brigham Young Campus was to our right. We entered BYU and attended Assembly as it was their first day back for a new term. After all the speeches were made we left & boarded our coaches. We were taken on a short tour of Provo passing the Provo Temple
then up the hill to look at a view of the BYU Campus. It was large ! We were to have lunch on campus. Eventually we had our lunch, the waitress asked if I had any relatives in California as I looked like someone she knew ! We met back at our coaches at 230pm & then went to Bridal Veils which was lovely. It was so hot that the shop nearly run out of drinks ! The next stop was Sundance, Robert Redford’s place.
He was around somewhere but we didn’t see him ! Shame ! It was beautiful there. We then moved on to Orem, just past Provo, to see the Osmonds Fan Club. It was a “very out of the way” place, so peaceful. Mrs Osmond, Virl, Jimmy and Grandma Davis were there, they were lovely.
Presents were given to Mrs Osmond to pass onto the rest of the family. We ordered items from the Fan Club, I bought Marie’s set of ‘cleanser, rinse & masque’, the concert book and Donny’s book “Voices from the Dusk”, at long last I have it ! It was extra special as it was signed inside. We then boarded the coaches after Mrs Osmond & Grandma Davis left together. Ron, our courier, then came on the coach & told us there was a surprise back inside, it was fan club posters, cards etc. We boarded again feeling very pleased & happy. We had done well today ! The next stop was just up the road to the new Osmond Studios,
they looked so large. We had seen the plan of the Studio at the Fan Club & Ron described to us the inside & future plans, Merrill is working on the idea of having a Fun (Fair) Ground next to the Studios, calling it “The Land of Os”, sounds great. On the way home we stopped outside Riviera Apartments & right there was Donny’s car !
Cameras clicked like mad from inside the coach because we were not allowed outside ! I wonder why ! It was then back to the Holiday Inn. A great day. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 9 Monday 5th September 1977
Today we visited the Mormon Temple & new Visitor Centre.
I enjoyed this very much. We stayed behind at 1130am as we had a choice to walk back to the hotel (only half hour) or coach back now. We had not seen all the films so we carried on. The films were very interesting, I bought the Book of Mormon for $1 as it was a softback & looked different from my hardback & also I could say that I bought it at the Centre. A man talked about the different temples around the World, we talked to him about visiting Salt Lake and he invited us to go with himself, his wife & daughter for a ride up to the mountains on the edge of Salt Lake which was very nice of him. He arranged to pick us up at 7pm that evening. We left the Visitors Centre & walked back returning around 5pm. We were told about a film slide show that had been arranged for all of us & pics were of the Osmonds. We tried to contact our friend but he had gone home so we phoned his home & left a message, we hoped he would go home before coming to see us ! We ordered a takeaway again, while waiting with Janice, Ang & Rosie talked with our friend who arrived in the meantime outside. After collecting our order we went upstairs to eat. Ang & Rosie came up after a while saying that they didn’t mind at all about wanting to stay in. We arranged to contact the Visitor Centre when we have a free evening which was a great idea. The film show was great, rare photos of the Family, some of the Las Vegas Show this year & rare pics of Travis, Michael & Amy. During the film show, Donny’s book, Donny & Marie Tiger Beat Mag, Donny & Marie Book were being passed around, we knew we now had to find them when shopping next ! The end came of a nice day. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 8 Sunday 4th September 1977
Today we travelled to Salt Lake City Holiday Inn. When we arrived we were greeted with a sign saying “Welcome Osmonds Fan Club” which was great as it could be seen from the main freeway.
We had a takeaway & walked to the shops. We found a record shop selling “Donald Clark Osmond” L.P. which Janice & Rosie bought. Ang & I bought Donny’s single “You’ve got me dangling on a string / I’m sorry (which Donny wrote). We walked back to the hotel around 11pm. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 7 Saturday 3rd September 1977
Today’s the day we go to Hoover Dam for the morning.
It was a great trip, a fascinating place, so large ! We paid to go on the tour around the Dam, we travelled down an elevator into the Dam, if you looked through a grid there was so much water ! We spent the morning there & travelled back to the hotel and decided to go & eat with Bruce at the Ice Cream Parlour & stayed until around 3.30pm. Ang & I went for a walk up Sunset Strip to do some more shopping. We walked even further than the previous evening. We went into the MGM Grand Hotel shops, they were lovely. There were many one-arm bandits around but of course we were not allowed even near the machines ! We eventually turned back passing ‘Circus Circus’ which Jay had advised us to see in ‘Osmonds World’, it was packed.
We went inside & saw some small fair stalls, one of the stalls made badges of yourself & pinned to the board advertising them was Donny on a badge ! Oh, it must have been a fan who asked for a photo ?! Ang asked the lady on the stall & she said he was in ! We caught the bus for 70c for a few stops & walked rest of the way. We stopped for another ice cream. Rosie & Janice phoned us just after we arrived back as we had discussed to visit the hotels that evening, but as it was already 830pm Ang & I thought we would stay in, so Rosie & Janice went out & we would see them in the morning. Goodnight everybody !
- Day 6 Friday 2nd September 1977
Today we left for Las Vegas at 830am arriving at 5pm. The Holiday Inn was very nice & easy to get to as it was situated on Sunset Strip. It was so lovely & hot that we decided to go out to see the lights. They were beautiful, really lovely & bright. We walked for ages past all the hotels, Caesars Palace, Hilton Flamingo, Showboat Holiday Inn.
Photos were taken at Caesars Palace &
Hilton Hotel as this is where the Osmonds perform cabaret each year. We stopped in an Ice Cream Parlour on
our way back & stayed to 11pm talking to Bruce, behind the counter, discussing England & our accents !! He had to keep saying ‘pardon’ as he didn’t understand us ! The Parlour was only one petrol station & one shop away from hotel, so we walked home & went straight to bed very tired ! Goodnight everybody !
- Day 5 Thursday 1st September 1977
Today is the SPECIAL day ! We left for KTLA Studios at 1030am, arriving around 1115am, very excited, Aydin was not on duty at the time. We bought a ‘thank you’ card for him. We walked in coach by coach passing Donny & Marie parking lots but no cars were there ! We think the green car that we saw Jay & Marie in was there.
We then walked by Studio 6 and through an entrance, up the stairs & Angela finished the first row of seating & I started the second row. Everyone piled in filling nearly all the seats. The studio seated approx 200-250 people. The Assistant Producer spoke to us, telling us about studio regulations. He asked if we knew a certain person standing in the wings on the far side from me, it was Marie. She came out to talk looking very nice with a much shorter hair cut. She asked if we had any questions, I think we were shocked about seeing an Osmond ! She then had to get ready – to put her pigtails on as she put it ! Next appeared Mr. George Osmond (Dad) and he spoke very softly. He was great, introducing his friend, Uncle Larry. Then the lovely, fantastic guy himself, DONNY. My knees went like jelly ! He looked gorgeous. ‘D’ was wearing pale green trousers with matching dark coloured & light green shirt, he also asked if we had any questions ? Just so he would look our way I shouted out “are you wearing your purple socks ?”. He was, of course ! Some girls in the next block reached out to him, he said ok, & he went to see them, they kissed his hand ! He then had to go & get ready too. He mentioned Jay & Wayne might be along, Jay having gained a few years ! He was right, behind a beard & short patchy trousers was Jay, a bit different from when we met him last time ! They both greeted us, Jay found it hard to talk through beard & it started to fall off ! They both left as first scene was in 5 mins. Merrill also appeared to say hello, looking gorgeous in black trousers & grey jumper. Rosie shouted out if he could come to see us & being the nice, lovely person he is, he came over. He asked how long are the episodes of ‘Donny & Marie Show’ in England, I told him about half hour. The first sketch was a ‘hill billy’ scene. Donny came out in a red & white spotted shirt under a black jumpsuit wearing yellow boots. His shirt did not do up so a hairy chest was on view most of the time !! Marie looked good too. She had black shorts & a shirt the same as ‘D’ with long pigtails with a red set of ribbons. The ‘Ice Angels’ had black shorts & yellow shirts with blonde wigs. I watched ‘D’ most of the time, he was fab. Donny & Marie’s part was to run out of a hut, singing and going to the swing at the side of the hut. They had to do it time after time. A funny part was when they pulled Jay from under the hut playing a banjo, his tooth was blacked out & he looked dumb ! At one point ‘D’ was sitting on the step of the hut talking to Paul Lynde during a break, I noticed his trouser leg was gradually going up & he still had purple socks on ! They started filming again & got it right this time. Every now & then Donny would wander off by himself to back of set & back again all smiles. He seemed very shy. I’m not surprised with nearly every pair of eyes in the studio on him & his every movement. Donny really dreams alot, it might have been mostly concentration. The next scene was really great. It involved D & M and their guests. ‘D’ had cream trousers & a peach jumper & hat. Marie had a checked dress on with another curly wig. After this scene was the finale. The floor was covered with squares of plastic ‘glass’. Marie had a silver dress on & ‘D’ had a lovely cream jumpsuit with silver jacket & silver bowler hat. Marie bought on their guest Paul Lynde. After several practises they decided to ‘take’. Many incidents happened but it gave the atmosphere a very cheerful, happy feeling. At the end Donny & Marie sang ‘May tomorrow be a perfect day’, they joked around & taped it twice, both times they added different things ! Donny & Marie then left to get changed. I boarded our coach & brushed my hair & put presents on my chair. Then we saw them coming – Donny, Marie, Jay, Mr Osmond. No sign of Merrill, Mary, Travis, Justin & Wayne. Coach A had them first ! Then appeared Jay, no autographs allowed !
Marie followed on behind. Ang gave her a present,
Marie took a scrapbook of letters, “is it for all the Osmonds” she asked & I said yes. Donny was next,
he went to the back first, everyone had their picture taken with him. I gave him his jumper, I was stunned for words ! “Thank you” he said with a great grin, Ang gave hers too, “It’s like christmas”. My turn for a photo with him,
we had arms around each other !! wow I shall never forget that ! Donny was sweating a bit and as I had bare arms and I put my arm under & around his waist I got a bit wet ! But it was lovely! I wish I didn’t have to wash my arm ! Donny then had to leave with arms full of presents. It was time to go & boy oh boy what a day! I had an audio recording machine playing all the time they were on the coach ! Nice to keep ! That’s another blog, Click here to have a listen ! On the way out we asked Ron to ask the driver if he would stop to hand in our thank you card to Aydin, the driver beeped & an officer came out, Ang & I banged on window as we saw Aydin in the guardhouse. At first he just looked & then was given the card & looked up again & saw us. He waved & blew a kiss ! He was great. Wow, what a day ! We travelled back stunned ! Judy, Angela’s penpal had come to see the Show & she offered to take us to the Osmonds Westwood Apartments, which was exciting. A brilliant day ! Goodnight everybody !
- Day 4 Wednesday 31st August 1977
Boy oh boy, what a morning ! What should we do ?! I felt terrible, it was a big decision, Donny or Universal Studios. Angela became brave and phoned KTLA Studios. We couldn’t get out the info if the Osmonds were in so we couldn’t decide any better, it was suggested phoning Aydin at 4, that would be too late ! We went shopping up the Mall and returned still not having made up our minds. We were to leave at 1245, it was now 1230, getting nearer all the time. We decided we must go to Universal Studios incase Donny was not there ! It was terrible after we boarded the coach. We waited for Ron, our courier, and I mentioned to Ang about the only chance left was to meet Donny tomorrow with all the other girls ! Ang started crying, so did I. We drove away & tape recorder played Donny & Marie singing. Oh boy it made us worse ! Friends asked if we were ok, they thought it was because of the tape. We eventually stopped crying & half hour later we arrived at Universal Studios.
We got onto a tram which took us half way round & looked at few amusements and carried on round site. We went over a bridge that “collapsed”, saw “Jaws”, he came out of the water very close sprouting out water towards us !
We had a walking tour around the Studio, looking at props used in “Bionic Man”, how he lifts large vehicles etc. We saw the different weather effects they use. A Cowboy Stunt Show was good, a real laugh. Three cowboys were fighting and at the end of the show, one cowboy jumped from the top of an inn onto a mattress,
then an Animal Show, a parrot was given a drinks bottle & drank from it as he rolled over & over ! They also had a star dog, using a boy from the audience to perform tricks with him. After this show it was home time, a very enjoyable day. Goodnight everybody !
Photos: Universal Studios Jaws ! Cowboy Show
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- Day 3 Tuesday 30th August 1977
Today we go to “Marineland”. It was a lovely place, about hour’s drive. It seemed a bit misty near Long Beach Waterfront. We spent the morning there seeing the fishes & whales called Orky & CORKY, they were large ! I bought dolphin salt & pepper shakes for mum & dad. On the way back we were dying to go to the studios again ! We arrived there around 430pm but Aydin said we were unable to go in ! Donny and Marie were inside ! What to do now ?! They would be out around 7pm, so we decided to go to Sunset Blvd to a Record Discount store to buy Donny’s new L.P. “Donald Clark Osmond” for $ 4.20.
The pic on the front is too much for words ! We walked back slowly passing time, we went to the guardhouse again but Aydin then told us about 10 mins after we left THEY left !! We were so mad ! Why of all days did they have to leave early. We felt like crying, I really did. We travelled home quietly so annoyed, so near but so far ! We could go in Wednesday according to Aydin but we had “Universal Studios” tour in the afternoon ! Mum & Dad what should I do ? Let’s see what we feel like doing in the morning ! It’s 12.30am Wednesday morning, goodnight everybody !
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- Day 2 Monday 29th August 1977
I awoke at 545am, Angela was already awake. We updated our diaries. It was still dark outside and we knew Donny was out there getting ready to go to the Studio ! We went downstairs for breakfast & then returned to our room for odds & ends for the day. We were going on a tour of Los Angeles, travelling along Sunset Blvd ( not pass KTLA !), Mann’s Chinese Theatre which was lovely.
We saw famous stars handprints & messages in the cement, then on to Hollywood Bowl,
such a big place.
We drove through Little Tokyo (you just cross the street & you can be in another town). We went through China Town, they had just had a festival, flags flying everywhere. Dodger Stadium was very large. The main stop of the day was Farmer’s Market, I bought 2 Donny & Marie posters ! We then returned to our hotel. Angela & I decided with great courage to go to the Studios. We caught bus no. 83 to Fairfax, then no. 89 to Sunset Blvd onto La Brae and no. 42 to KTLA Studios,
it took 2 hours but only 50c to go all the way on a transfer ticket. After arriving we were very excited at the thought of seeing Donny ! BUT he wasn’t in there. We became friends with Aydin at the guardhouse, he was very helpful with the questions we fired at him ! We were so thrilled when he said we could go around Studio 6 which is where Donny & Marie were filming their show ! Many people were queued up for a quiz game. We walked into Studio 6 & there was the ice rink, boy was it great ! Around the back, the boards had ‘D & M’ all over them, then we saw Donny’s white piano, it looked lovely with two silver strips around it. We saw some more sets in other studios. We walked back across the parking lot towards the guardhouse again passing more sets belonging to the show, no pics allowed ! Aydin then said ” Oh look, there’s Jay Osmond “, we couldn’t believe it, it couldn’t be, but it was, I was so stunned I just stood dead still ! Ang ran up & asked if he knew where Donny was ? Jay said he thought he was inside ! Jay looked lovely, his hair was frizzy as before. “Could we take a photo Jay ?” “Yeh, ok “. He stood & faced us & smiled that smile shuffling back every second trying to get away. We found
out why later on, he was there to pick up Marie, we saw them leave in the car, Jay, Marie & Connie (I think). At least we had seen two Osmonds, so we left pleased but not to sure if Donny was inside or not but we decided he would have left with his brother & sister. We caught a different set of buses home down Santa Monica Blvd. A disco was at 830pm, they played some Osmonds but then the machine packed up ! It was taking ages for it to be fixed so Ang & I decided to go upstairs around 10pm. We heard that Ron, our courier, had phoned the local radio station & they played a dedication. We talked & talked about going to see Donny tomorrow. We feel terrible but we cancelled the excursion to ” Magic Mountain ” to go and see Donny ! Goodnight everybody !
Photos: Mann’s Chinese Theatre Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl with Ang, Janice & Rosie
KTLA Studios Jay xx
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Left Aunty Alice’s at 530am & arrived Gatwick Airport at 630, and boarded the plane approx 915, myself & Angela being seat 10A (Ang) and seat 10B (me), we met Rosie & Janice.
We had green ribbons for our cases, meaning coach ‘B’ – purple ribbon for coach ‘C’ !! But my dad asked for purple ribbons for souvenirs ! The plane began to taxi down the runway at 1025 – making it an hour late. We were served drinks first and then about 1230 we were served lunch. Only 2 1/2 hrs to Los Angeles ! We landed at LA International Airport at 135pm LA time. Before leaving an Immigration Officer asked me if I had come to see the Osmonds ! (what a question!). ‘Yes’ I said, ‘we are going to see the Donny & Marie Show’. As we walked towards the entrance along a long passage, comments were heard from people ‘oh they’ve come to see the Osmonds’, how right they were! Nearly everybody stared at our t-shirts with ‘Osmonds Wondertour ’77’ written on them. We then had to wait for our three coaches. We had a few minutes wait, when they arrived Rosie & Angela took care of the cases while Janice & myself obtained seats on our Coach ‘B’, Ron, our courier boarded & we were off. It was all so exciting. We arrived at Holiday Inn at 420pm feeling tired. We waited on our coach for our keys & then entered our room no. 417, 4th floor.
We looked through the TV guide but no sign of Donny & Marie Show ! At around 6pm we were wanted by our couriers to meet downstairs to talk about different things. We were told about going to the Donny & Marie Show on Thursday, Universal Studios & Marine Land. We returned to our rooms & crawled into bed, wrote to mum & dad & started falling asleep, Goodnight everybody !
Photos: Angela Janice, Rosie & Angela Me relaxing ! Our keys !