Wayne Osmond
Born (1951-08-28) August 28, 1951 (age 71)
OccupationMusician, singer, multi-instrumentalist
Years active1962–2019[1]
Kathlyn White
(m. 1974)

Melvin Wayne Osmond (born August 28, 1951) is an American retired musician, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the second oldest of the original Osmond Brothers singers and the fourth oldest of the nine Osmond children.

Life and career

Osmond was born in Ogden, Utah, the son of Olive May (née Davis; 1925–2004) and George Virl Osmond (1917–2007). Wayne has been performing since he was six years old. He made his national television debut on NBC's The Andy Williams Show, with brothers Alan, Merrill, and Jay. The four remained with Andy Williams for seven years.

Alan, Merrill, Jay, and Wayne Osmond were also cast in nine episodes of the 1963-1964 ABC Western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, with Wayne in the role of young Leviticus Kissel. The series is the story of a wagon train to the American West as seen from the eyes of 12-year-old Jaime McPheeters, played by Kurt Russell, with other roles for Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Witney, and Charles Bronson.[2]

Mostly a lead-guitarist and singer, Wayne Osmond can also play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, banjo, piano, drums, and bagpipes.[3]

Wayne Osmond with brothers Merrill and Alan wrote many of the Osmonds' hit songs during the 1970s.[citation needed] He was the main driving force toward the group's move toward rock music, as opposed to the bubblegum pop that made the family famous.[4]


On December 13, 1974, Wayne married Kathlyn White from Bountiful, Utah, a former Miss Davis County Fair (Davis County, Utah) and Miss Utah of 1974. Wayne and Kathlyn have five children, three daughters and two sons. In the 1990s, Wayne moved to Branson, Missouri, where he performed and toured with his brothers at the Osmond Family Theater, Country Tonight, Moon River Theater, and Branson Variety Theater.

In 1997, Wayne was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was successfully treated. He remains an avid aviation enthusiast. He has announced that because of health issues (including worsening hearing loss, a recurring problem in the Osmond family), he has retired and will no longer be appearing or performing with his family. His last intended appearance with them was October 13, 2018, which he mainly agreed to do for financial reasons, although he made an additional appearance with his brothers a year later as a birthday present to their sister, Marie.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Amy Argetsinger (2014-11-30). "A brief musical history of the Osmonds in 13 songs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  2. ^ "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Osmond.com: Wayne Osmond
  4. ^ Hardy, Jane (2022-04-06). "Still reason to love the Osmonds". The Irish News. Retrieved 2022-07-03.
  5. ^ "George and Olive's legacy: Osmonds still standing on principles". Deseret News. 30 December 2018.