LITTLE BIG MAN: If you've been keeping track of the details of Michael Jackson's tour of Japan, you may suddenly feel a lot older. The man who raised the money and set up the sponsorship deals to bring Jackson to Japan was . . . Jimmy Osmond.
That's right: Donny & Marie's younger brother--the very same Little Jimmy Osmond who had a Top 40 novelty hit in 1972 with "Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool." He's now a 24-year-old global entrepreneur, with offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Provo, Utah, and Los Angeles.
Osmond told Pop Eye that he first broached the idea of working with Jackson four years ago when he and Donny were at the Jacksons' home in Encino. "Michael knew I did a lot of business in Japan, and he said, 'Maybe you can do something for me.'
"It took me two years to put it together, because I wanted to make sure he was with the best companies. I represent NTV (Nippon Television), which is the largest network in Japan. I brought them in, and also negotiated with Pepsi (Jackson's worldwide sponsor) to have a co-sponsor, Nippon Telephone & Telegraph, which is the largest corporation in Japan.