Donny was the breakout star of The Osmonds, a family band of brothers who had success in the early '70s as an R&B/pop group with hits like "One Bad Apple
" and "Crazy Horses
." A teen heartthrob, Donny forged a solo career with hit covers of Paul Anka's "Puppy Love
" and Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl
." Meanwhile, Marie - the only sister among eight brothers - found fame as a country singer with the chart-topping single "Paper Roses" in 1973. So it makes sense that Marie is "a little bit country." But is Donny really "a little bit rock 'n roll"? According to him, yes.
He explained in a 2018 interview with Tulsa World
: "If you really get down to the basics of the band the Osmond Brothers, it was rock and roll. 'Crazy Horses,' for instance, Ozzy Osbourne told me that was one of his favorite rock and roll songs. So even though I was recording the teeny bopper stuff with 'Puppy Love,' I was a part of this rock and roll band, so it was a natural fit when that song came to us when we started The Donny and Marie Show
- 'A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll.' It was just like it was meant to be. It was like it was written for us."