The seventies saw a number of family bands hit the charts. The Jacksons, The Cowsills, Sly and the Family Stone, Sister Sledge, The Partridge Family… well, maybe not the Partridge Family – At the forefront of these brother/sister bands were the Jacksons and The Osmonds. The latter having a 1970 hit with One Bad Apple.
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- The Osmonds were six brothers (six of eight brothers and a sister) who became teen idols in the early 70s.
- The boys began as a barbershop quartet featuring, Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay. They were joined by younger brothers Donny and Jimmy; changed their name to The Osmonds, and the rest is history.
- Two older brothers, George and Tom were born deaf and didn’t originally perform with the family band but, in later years, made several television appearances in the Osmond Christmas specials.
- Donny and Jimmy, and sister Marie, went on to have successful solo careers.
- The Osmonds continue to perform in various line-ups or as soloists today. Collectively, the family has sold 102 million records worldwide and have a star on the Hollywood Wall of Fame.
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- One Bad Apple was written by songwriter George Jackson and recorded by The Osmonds on October 26, 1970.
- Released as a single, the B-side was a cover of The Hollies’, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.
- Released in late 1970, One Bad Apple hit #1 on the US charts in February 1971, sitting comfortably there for five weeks. It ended the year being ranked as #4 song for 1971.
- The song is lifted from The Osmonds debut album, Osmonds.
- George Jackson wrote the song with The Jackson 5 in mind – Michael Jackson apparently once said his brothers almost recorded the song but recorded ABC instead.
- One Bad Apple lyrics.
one bad apple – the osmonds – 1971 – video
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