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10 families who changed the world of music

Compiled by Kurt Hanson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 1:00 p.m. MDT

American music group The Jackson 5 return to school after their summer vacation; during which they played concerts in 40 cities. Top left is Marlon, top right is Michael. Below, from left to right, are Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Aug. 31, 1971. (AP Photo)


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The family that plays together stays together, that goes for music as much as it does for games.

A new study showed that musical talent within identical twins is mostly genetic. One twin practiced music regularly while the other didn't. When they performed, the results were nearly the same. This can mean a few things — talent can trump practice. But talent may also run in the family.

Throughout the years, there have been many families which share their joined musical talent with the world, and have had immense success from it. From the Jackson 5 to the Hanson brothers, here are 10 families who changed the face of music.

1. The Jackson Five

Jackie. Tito. Jermaine. Marlone. And of course, little Michael. How can you talk about music and families without talking about the Jackson Five? Not only were they a gifted family, but they also made history as one of the first groups of black performers, preceded by The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

1970 was the year of Jacksonmania as they became the first recording act to have their first four singles to become No. 1s.

The family unity was obviously disrupted in 2009 following Michael Jackson's death. In his honor, the four older brothers went on their Unity Tour in 2012, showcasing his impact on their family and on music.

Memorable hits: "ABC," "I'll Be There" and "I Want You Back."

2. The Beach Boys

The Wilson brothers of the Beach Boys (Brian, Carl and Dennis) were iconic in their unique So-Cal vibe. The Beach Boys are often referred to as America's first rock band, while the British invaded our music charts with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The Boys suffered the loss of Dennis in 1983 and then Carl in 1998. Since then, the Beach Boys have assembled and reassembled with varying members trying to recreate their surfer sound. But America's Band always has a spot as a family favorite.

Memorable hits: "Good Vibrations," "I Get Around" and "Surfin' USA."

3. The Osmonds

The Osmond family is the quintessential performing family, singing across genres of music while incorporating mesmerizing stage performances. It's strange that the most popular member of the group, Donny, wasn't an original member of the Osmonds. And by the time the Osmond brothers got big, Marie had launched a successful solo career.

As most bands do, a few of the boys went solo after a few years with the family band, and eventually they all contributed to the hit "Donny & Marie Show." But after a few years, the show was cancelled and the Osmond family fell into spiraling debt.

They recovered, however, re-establishing their music or business careers and keeping close to each other.

Memorable hits: "One Bad Apple," "Yo-Yo" and "Down by the Lazy River."

4. The Allman Brothers

The Allman Brothers, composed of Duane and Gregg Allman and a few of their close friends, were pioneers in southern rock. Fats Domino and even Elvis were the primary pioneers, but the Allman brothers hit the genre at the peak of its popularity.

The band is unique in that their first two albums were duds. It wasn't until they released a live album in 1971 that their popularity skyrocketed. Many people remember them for their song "Ramblin' Man", which peaked at No. 2 of the Billboard Hot 100 list. But unfortunately, band founder Duane Allman was killed in 1971.

In an act of brotherly love, the band released the album "Eat a Peach" in his honor in 1972.

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