One Bad Apple was written by George Jackson- the same soul musician- songwriter who wrote Old Time Rock And Roll which was covered later in the 70’s by Bob Seger. Jackson wrote One Bad Apple with The Jackson 5 in mind but The Jackson 5 wisely decided on ABC instead.
The Osmonds had been kicking around for a while without any pop success – ten singles and none of them made the charts- anywhere- until One Bad Apple. One Bad Apple was released on November 14, 1970, entered the charts in the first week of January 1971 and took over the #1 spot on February 13, 1971 and topped the charts for an incredible five weeks. As the b-side The Osmonds decided to murder The Hollies hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” The Osmonds would go on to have ten Top 40 hits in the first half of the 70’s- this is not counting other Osmond projects. One Bad Apple was the only #1 The Osmonds had.
To prove even the worst artists can come up with something decent- in the 80’s- check out Jeff Beck’s video “Ambitious” Donny does a fine job there.
Anyone remember The Osmonds cartoon? One Bad Apple was used as the theme to the cartoon.
Here is something to make you shake your head- the oldest Osmond- Alan is 69.