One Bad Apple
|"One Bad Apple"|
|Single by The Osmonds|
|from the album Osmonds|
|A-side||"One Bad Apple"|
|B-side||"He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother"|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, bubblegum, blue-eyed soul|
|The Osmonds singles chronology|
"One Bad Apple" was a #1 hit single released by The Osmonds in December 1970. It hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100 Chart in February 1971 and stayed there for five weeks; it also reached #6 on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1971.
The song was written by George Jackson, who originally had the Jackson 5 in mind when he wrote it. The Osmonds' version of the song coincidentally sounded like the Jackson 5 to the point many mistook the Osmonds for the Jacksons on the song when first hearing it.
He also wrote the single "Double Lovin'" for the Osmonds. Both "One Bad Apple" and the Donny Osmond-credited single "Sweet and Innocent" are on the 1971 album Osmonds.
The Credibility Gap recorded a parody of the song, "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Hair," and a German version (with totally unrelated lyrics), "Foreign Novelty Smash." Both recordings appeared on the group's 1974 album A Great Gift Idea! and the latter also appears on The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records, Volume 2.
"One Bad Apple" was also used as the theme to The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV.
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|US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 13, 1971 (five weeks)
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|Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
February 27, 1971 (two weeks)
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