A new album comes out today, and it's filled with some familiar music, familiar at least to a certain age group.

(Soundbite of song, "Mandy")

Mr. DONNY OSMOND (Singer): (Singing) I remember all my life, raining down as cold as ice, a shadow of a man, a face through a window, crying in the night, the night goes into...

INSKEEP: That's Donny Osmond, former '70s teen idol. Remember Donny and Marie? He turns 50 this year, and on this new album he's casting his gaze back to love songs from the 1970s, songs you love, or love to hate, hits like "I Can See Clearly Now," "How Deep is Your Love," and a song that Barry Manilow made famous, "Mandy."

(Soundbite of song, "Mandy")

Ms. OSMOND: (Singing) Looking in her eyes, I see a memory. I never realized how happy you made me, oh Mandy. Well, you came and you made without taking...

INSKEEP: Donny Osmond did not record these songs in a recording studio, but in his dressing room in between performances of "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway. So think of this as one more consequence of new technology that let's anybody cut a record. In Donny Osmond's defense, the old songs that he chose are new. A lot of songs on this album have been chosen recently by performers on "American Idol."

(Soundbite of song, "How Deep is Your Love?")

Mr. OSMOND: (Singing) Summer breeze, keep me warm in your love and then softly leave. It's me you need to show, how deep is your love? How deep is your love, how deep is your love...

INSKEEP: To hear more of Donny Osmond's "Love Songs of the '70s" - and you can listen secretly, nobody has to know - just visit

(Soundbite of song, "How Deep is Your Love?")

Mr. OSMOND: (Singing) Living in a world of fools, breaking us down when they all should let us be. We belong to you and me. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Oh. How deep is your love, how deep is your love? I really need to learn.

INSKEEP: A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. It's NPR News.

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