Song of the Day: Donny Osmond, “Sweet And Innocent”

Believe me, if today wasn’t the Feast of the Holy Innocents, I wouldn’t have touched this with a ten-foot pole. Understand, I have nothing against Donny Osmond, who’s now in his 60’s and seems to be a nice guy, but Lord, that voice’ll get to you after a while. Anyway, The Blogger’s Best Friend ™ tells us that this a cover of a song written by Rick Hall and Billy Sherrill that was done by Roy Orbison, of all people, in 1958, as the flip side for "Seems To Me." Donny took this to #7 in 1971 and it was certified Gold. Never underestimate the power of tweenage girls with money in their pockets… (And no, that’s not a misprint: girls and boys between 10 and 12 years old are called tweens or tweenagers.)

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Donny Osmond, “Sweet And Innocent”

  1. I was forced to listen to Donny and family by my sister as a kid. I remember not seeing the color of her bedroom walls because of all the posters of Donny and David Cassidy…Cassidy I like…Donny and I go running and screaming from the room.

    I saw the hysteria close up when I rode with my parents to take her to see Cassidy or the Osmonds…I can’t remember which. Teenage girls going crazy

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      1. I was so young that I didn’t have taste yet…but that came soon. I do know that the Stones came that year to Nashville with Stevie Wonder opening up…and Tammy….went to see the Osmonds.

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  2. John,

    I do enjoy those days of innocence! I was a fan of Donny Osmond back years ago and I believe he’s a nice guy but I reckon I couldn’t listen to much of his older stuff nowadays like I once could. 😊 Thanks for the flashback!

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    1. Once Donny outgrew the “Tiger Beat” phase, I think life gave him a few gut punches and rump kickings, and he’s a better person for it. He still performs, and has a section of his show where he sings with his younger self.

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    1. We used to bounce between WLS and WCFL a lot, especially when songs like “Sweet and Innocent” came on. Occasionally it would work out that both stations would have it on at the same time. It seemed like it was always playing… Maybe that wasn’t true in New York. I’ll have to see if I can find the WABC surveys from that period and see…

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