Michael's Advice to Donny Osmond
on "You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous".
It was quite interesting how Donny and Michael's careers had run so parallel in the early 1970's but then took vastly different directions after a few years.
Both were child singing stars, both as solo artists and with there brothers and then went to star on TV shows, Michael most notably with his brothers in the Jackson's CBS TV Specials and Donny with his sister in Donny and Marie.
However Michael continued to have great hits and Donny's career took a huge nose dive, hitting an altime low when his Broadway show was cancelled after the first night after it recieved such bad critism, mostly of Donny himself. After that couldn't get a record deal or anything.
Donny stated how around 1979 he spoke to Michael and asked him, how does he get hit single and back in the charts. Obviously Michael at this time had released the hugely successful "Off the Wall" album. Michael told Donny to "change your name".
May seem a crazy and an extreme comment. Of course Donny didn't change his name.
However, interestingly it wasn't until 1988 or 1989 that Donny had another hit record. The interesting aspect was that radio stations were playing it without telling the listeners who it was singing. The single "Soldier of Love" was highly requested and eventually Donny was bought on the radio to announce after alot of speculation that he was the singer. After that the single and follow ups become huge hits and he continued to have more success in his career.
It was just interesting how Michael was spot on and proved right that for Donny to have a hit he would have to overcome the stigma of his name.
Also interesting was when Donny was asked whether he would have preferred a normal life or the tough life he had as an entertainer. I missed the beginning of the show so I won't speculate as to why and how tough it was. However, Donny, very emotionally said he would have preferred the non famous lifestyle. Just goes to show that the life of a young star was very tough, the very same lifestyle Michael also had at such a young age. Something the vast majority of us may never even come close to understanding.