Phase III
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1972
RecordedJune 21, 1971 – September 25, 1971
ProducerAlan Osmond, Michael Lloyd, Rick Hall, Mike Curb, Ray Ruff, Don Costa
The Osmonds chronology
Phase III
The Osmonds Live
Singles from Phase III
  1. "Yo-Yo"
    Released: September 4, 1971[2]
  2. "Down by the Lazy River"
    Released: January 15, 1972[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB[1]

Phase III is the third studio album by the American singing group The Osmonds, released in 1972. The album reached number ten on the Billboard Top LPs chart on March 11, 1972. Two singles released from the album, "Yo-Yo" and "Down by the Lazy River", reached No. 3[5] and No. 4[6] on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, respectively. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 29, 1972.

Phase III was, as its name implied, a shift in direction for the band, after its 1960s era as variety-show child stars and the band's early breakthrough as bubblegum pop idols, much of this album featured the band moving into a hard rock sound and writing more of their own material.

Track listing

1."Down by the Lazy River"Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond2:37
2."Business"Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Wayne Osmond3:01
3."Love Is"Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Wayne Osmond2:20
4."A Taste of Rhythm and Blues"Terry Thompson2:52
5."Yo-Yo"Joe South3:13
6."He's the Light of the World"Helen Lewis, Kay Lewis2:22
7."My Drum"Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond3:18
8."It's You Babe"Alan Osmond3:25
9."In the Rest of My Life"Doug Thaler3:12
10."Don't Panic"Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Wayne Osmond3:43




Chart (1972) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 38
Canadian Albums (RPM)[9] 6
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[10] 75
US Billboard 200[11] 10


Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Yo-Yo" Billboard Hot 100 3
Canada 1
Australia 1
1972 "Down by the Lazy River" Billboard Hot 100 4
Canada 1
United Kingdom 40
Australia 33


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ "The Osmonds - 1971". Osmondmania. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. ^ "The Osmonds - 1972". Osmondmania. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  4. ^ Phase III at AllMusic
  5. ^ The Osmonds, "Yo-Yo" Chart Position Retrieved February 24, 2015
  6. ^ The Osmonds, "Down by the Lazy River" Chart Position Retrieved February 24, 2015
  7. ^ The Osmonds, Phase III Producer Credits Retrieved February 24, 2015
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. ((cite book)): |format= requires |url= (help)
  9. ^ "RPM: The Osmonds (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  11. ^ "The Osmonds US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – The Osmonds – Phase III". Recording Industry Association of America.