- 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.