Every Billboard Top 40 Single 1970: #1 :”One Bad Apple”- The Osmonds. January 2, 1970. Entered the Billboard Hot 100- January 2, 1971.
- 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- Osmonds
- Grade: D
- Peaked at #1 was #1 for 5 weeks in Billboard Hot 100, spent 15 weeks in the Hot 100. #6 in Billboard R&B singles chart.#4 single on the Billboard Charts for the year 1971. #1 in Canada.
For 1969 and 1970 I did a post on every single which cracked the Hot 100. For 1971 I am going to feature the singles which made the Top 40- 251 singles made the Top 40 in 1971. Also I will feature Deep Cuts- songs of note which were album cuts or singles of interest which failed to make it to the Top 40.
What a way to start 2021- my first blog post- about the American Beatles- The Osmonds- Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and of course Donny. “One Bad Apple” was the groups first hit- and as it turned out their only #1 as a group- Donny had a #1 as a solo act with “Go Away Little Girl” later in 1971. The Osmonds a family group from Ogden, Utah had 13 Hot 100 singles from 1970-76- with10 of those making the Top 40. Their greatest single ever though was still a year and a half away- “Crazy Horses.” The Osmonds would have three Top 40 hits and Donny would have 3 by himself. My first Osmond post will not be my last of the year.
“One Bad Apple” was written by George Jackson with The Jackson 5 in mind- Donny Osmond later said that Michael Jackson had told him that they came close to recording the song but wisely chose “ABC” instead. “One Bad Apple” would be used as the theme for The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV.