The Osmonds had many hits throughout their career but 1971 was the year “One Bad Apple” was number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Debuting on the charts in January, it reached number one on February 13th, 1971 and stayed there for five weeks!
This song was so popular that it also reached number six on the R&B chart and was ranked the number four song for 1971 by Billboard.
Interestingly, George Jackson originally wrote this song for the Jackson 5 and apparently many people mistook the group for the Jacksons upon first hearing the song.
It is rumoured that Michael Jackson told Donny Osmond that the Jackson 5 almost recorded it, but ended up choosing their hit ABC instead.
You may also remember this song from the cartoon TV show The Osmonds, airing on ABC-TV, which played “One Bad Apple” as their theme song.