Osmonds (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 14, 1970
RecordedOctober 26, 1970 – November 13, 1970
GenrePop, bubblegum pop, R&B
ProducerRick Hall
The Osmonds chronology
Hello! The Osmond Brothers
Singles from Osmonds
  1. "One Bad Apple"
    Released: November 14, 1970
  2. "Sweet and Innocent"
    Released: February 27, 1971

Osmonds is the sixth album released by The Osmonds, the first under MGM as The Osmonds and the first to feature Donny. The first single from the album, "One Bad Apple", became a number-one hit according to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] The second single from the album, "Sweet and Innocent", reached number seven, with the single sleeve crediting group member Donny Osmond as the artist, the album reached number 14 on the Billboard Top Lps chart on February 27, 1971.[2] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 13, 1971.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]

Dave Thompson of AllMusic criticised the album's "Motown medley that contrarily ranks among the least soulful excursions you could imagine" and said that the album "nevertheless finds them [the Osmonds] still putting performance ahead of personality, and barely hinting at the heights they would soon be scaling".[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."(Would It Make You) Think"Bodie Chandler2:56
2."One Bad Apple"George Jackson2:45
3."Catch Me Baby"Alan Osmond4:11
4."Lonesome They Call Me, Lonesome I Am"Jimmy Elledge, Dave Day2:38
5."Motown Special"Earl Brown, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Kenneth Gamble, Matthew Ross, Williams, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield3:28
6."Sweet and Innocent"Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill3:04
7."He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"Bob Russell, Bobby Scott3:56
8."Find'em, Fool'em, and Forget'em"Rick Hall, George Jackson2:29
9."Most of All"Buddy Buie, J. R. Cobb3:02
10."Flirtin'"Kenny Nolan2:55


  • Producer: Rick Hall
  • Bass: Bob Wray
  • Guitars: Albert S. Lowe, Jr., Travis Wammack
  • Steel Guitar: Leo LeBlanc
  • Keyboard: Clayton Ivey
  • Baritone Saxophone: Ronnie Eades
  • Tenor Saxophone: Harvey Thompson
  • Trombone: Dale Quillen
  • Trumpets: Harrison Calloway, Jr., Jack Peck
  • Drums: Fred L. Prouty[4]
  • "Think" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "One Bad Apple" recorded on October 26, 1970
  • "Catch Me Baby" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "Lonesome They Call Me, Lonesome I Am" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "Motown Special" recorded on November 13, 1970
  • "Sweet and Innocent" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "Find'em, Fool'em, Forget'em" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "Most of All" recorded on November 10, 1970
  • "Flirtin'" recorded on October 26, 1970



Chart (1970) Peak
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 34
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 65
US Billboard 200[7] 14


Year Single Chart Position
1970 "One Bad Apple" Billboard Hot 100 1
US Easy Listening 37
Canada 1
Australia 35


Country Certification $ Sales
United States Gold $1,000,000


  1. ^ The Osmonds, "One Bad Apple" Chart Position Retrieved February 23, 2015
  2. ^ Osmonds 1971 Timeline
  3. ^ a b Osmonds at AllMusic
  4. ^ The Osmonds Osmonds Credits Retrieved February 23, 2015
  5. ^ "RPM: The Osmonds (albums)". RPM Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  7. ^ "The Osmonds US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2017.