February 1971 – One Bad Apple by The Osmonds

February 1971 – a song popular in this month – One Bad Apple by The Osmonds

The Osmonds were a young family group from Ogden, Utah, and made a name for themselves performing at Disneyland and on The Andy Williams Show.

Interesting facts about One Bad Apple & The Osmonds –

When they signed with MGM records in 1970, the label sent them to FAME in an effort to duplicate the success of The Jackson 5.

In this song, The Osmonds are singing to a girl, trying to convince her that one bad experience shouldn’t dictate her behavior, and that he deserves a chance because he’s not like the guy who hurt her. It’s a similar sentiment to “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5.

The Osmonds enjoyed tremendous success for the rest of the ’70s and reinvented themselves as Country artists in the ’80s. Donny hosted a variety show from 1976-1979 with his sister called Donny & Marie.

George Jackson had written this song with The Jackson 5 in mind, and with production by FAME owner Rick Hall and vocals by 13-year-old Donny Osmond, this sounded very much like a Jackson 5 record, and was a huge success, spending 5 weeks at #1 in the US.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

15 thoughts on “February 1971 – One Bad Apple by The Osmonds

  1. I remember this song very well. I never thought much about the Osmonds – they were just sort of THERE (if you lived in Utah)…and on that note, there is one minor correction I’d offer…the Osmonds lived in Provo, Utah, not Ogden. Both ‘cities’ (in 1970 they were big small towns more than cities…no cities as such ((Salt Lake City being the exception and again it was a big small town IMHO)) ) they are vastly different. Provo is southward of Salt Lake City and is considered by many today as the ‘heart of Mormonism”…the label “Happy Valley” is applied. I don’t know much about that, it’s overgrown and over-populated today and the Osmonds had a lot to do with that I think. Ogden on the other hand is northward of Salt Lake City, was and is more industrial in nature and is home to more liberal types of people; and a lot of really scary individuals – Ogden was (I don’t know if it’s true today) home to a lot of gangs (Utah style) and crime and I referred to it as the “armpit of Utah” at one point. Today they’re trying to clean it up, there is a nice Mormon temple there and a lot of urbanization around the temple – new shops and revitalized housing. But my cousin (who lives there) says they’ve mere brushed the bad bits ‘under the rug” and the homeless and gang affiliated people have merely gone underground sort of. I apologize for this lengthy comment. I just tend to overshare when I know the subject! 😉 Cheers Terry and Happy Valley Sunday! 🙂

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    • Thank you for the correction! I am getting my facts from a website that specializes in trivia and facts of music and groups – so that is why I put in my post where the facts came from – I certainly am not that smart! Happy Valley Sunday to you as well. 🙂

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  2. All I know is this. I had two musical guilty pleasures during my teen years. Abba was one. The Osmonds were the other. To this day, I’m a huge Donny and Marie fan. Nobody ever mess with my Donny and Marie!

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