BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #249: “ONE BAD APPLE”- THE OSMONDS -FEBRUARY 13, 1971

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  • Single: “One Bad Apple”- The Osmonds
  • Record Company- MGM
  • Genre: Bubblegum Pop
  • Written by George Jackson
  • Time: 2:46
  • B-side:”He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
  • Album- The Osmonds
  • Grade D
  • Peaked at #1 5 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada.

This was the one that got the whole ball rolling. The first hit by The Osmonds. In my mind it seemed like they were more successful than they actually were- The Osmonds only had 10 Top 40 hits from 1971-75 but when you throw in the off-shoots- Donny’s solo career, Marie, Donny and Marie, Little Jimmy Osmond- it seemed like for a few years they would never go away. If there had been no Jackson 5- would there have even been an Osmonds? They were the Pat Boone to The Jackson 5’s Little Richard or Chuck Berry. I will give The Osmonds credit for one good song- “Crazy Horses.” I still can’t believe that was them.

Still as awful and as irritating as “One Bad Apple” is- it wasn’t the worst #1 hit in 1971- in my opinion at least.

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