Thursday, December 15, 2011

Marie Osmond Visits Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago!

 Marie Osmond at Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital  brought  holiday cheer and participated in singing along during “Jamming with Jim” with patients and families at the hospital. Also on hand playing guitar was former Tantrum Band bass player Bill Syniar.
Marie is in town for Donny and Marie - Christmas in Chicago at the  Oriental Theatre.

Marie Osmond and her family have been involved with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since its inception in 1983.  The charity, which began as a telethon housed in the Osmond studio, has since grown into a leading children ' s charity.  As of 2011, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time.

Beginning with her national debut at age three on The Andy Williams Show, Marie Osmond has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence known across generations, performing for almost five continuous decades. Marie recorded Paper Roses at age twelve, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to #1 on the charts, followed by over 30 albums and numerous gold records, as well as a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” award in 1986 for Meet Me In Montana, with the late Dan Seals.  In 2010 Marie recorded her much-anticipated inspirational album titled I Can Do This.  Following its release, it moved rapidly into the ITunes top ten listing after she performed “Pie Jesu” on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  The author of two New York Times best-selling books, a finalist on season 5 of Dancing With the Stars, and celebrating 20 years as a designer of the highly successful Marie Osmond Porcelain Dolls, Marie is also co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network, which has raised over 4 billion dollars for sick and injured kids in over 170 Children’s Hospitals in North America and internationally.

For the first time together on a Chicago stage, America ’s beloved sibling entertainers will star in DONNY AND MARIE – CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO , a holiday production that is currently playing in Chicago through Dec. 24, 2011 at the Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph St. , Chicago ).
In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite you and your family to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person, as the iconic pair share the spotlight for the first time together on a Chicago stage. Individual tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at (800) 775-2000.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Updates from some of my favorite music blogs and websites!


The Bill Dahl site has an interview on musician Gene Barge. I remember I had a photo shoot with Gene Barge and Big Twist on Michigan Avenue back in the early 1980s. Such nice guys!

Music writer Terrence Flamm has updated his music blog:

The music site Rocking Chicagoland has been updated