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Before One Direction and Justin Bieber there was David Essex and Donny Osmond. We choose the top 8 teen idols of 1970s
They built up a following in the UK in the early 1970s with a series of (very) catchy songs.
In the late 1960s Motown took a chance on these five brothers from Indiana. They scored huge hits, including "ABC," "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There." On their first national tour the group experienced insane crowds of screaming girls.
Andy rose in prominence in the late 1970s with his music, including three singles that reached #1 in America – "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water", and "Shadow Dancing". Sadly, Andy died just days after his 30th birthday.
With a singing career that started in the mid-60s, Bobby Sherman's big break came when he starred in the ABC television series Here Come the Brides. With hits like "Little Woman" and "Julie (Do Ya Love Me"), Sherman became even more marketable after guesting on The Partridge Family alongside another teen idol at the time, David Cassidy.
An original member of The Monkees, a made for TV band, Jones enjoyed fame throughout his twenties (so an older teen idol!)
Cassidy signed up to play Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family in 1970. He enjoyed a huge recording career and tour schedule.
Since the 1970s, Essex has achieved 19 Top 40 singles in the UK (including two number ones), and 16 Top 40 albums. He was one of the most-loved teen idols of the ‘70s.
“And they called it Puppy Love…” if you grew-up in the ‘70s, you wouldn’t have been able to avoid Donny, he was recording albums and starring in a variety show with his younger sister Marie.