The Ormsby Brothers

It’s late 1973 and a young teen ensemble of singing Mormon brothers is all over the Australian pop charts and television. There’s a fourth brother in the wings, ready for his chance. Sound familiar?

If you’ve guessed The Osmonds or Jackson 5, you’re close. Those clean-living singing siblings were fully present in the popular mind. But we’re talking The Ormsby Brothers from New Zealand’s Waikato region here. Three part-Māori vocalists, who had a massive 1973 Australian hit with their defiant take on ‘You Don’t Own Me’, a song Lesley Gore took into the US Top Ten a decade earlier.

Back cover to the Ormsby Brothers' 1973 LP, The Ormsby Brothers featuring You Don't Own Me.
The Ormsby Brothers featuring You Don't Own Me, released by EMI Australia in 1973
Sheet music to You Don't Own Me, as recorded by The Ormsby Brothers, 1973
The Ormsby Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, EMI 1973
The Ormsby Brothers - Chugga Boom & Pockets
The Ormsby Brothers - You Don't Own Me
Side 2 label to The Ormsby Brothers featuring You Don't Own Me, EMI 1973.



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