Many think of "One Bad Apple" as a Donny Osmond
song because he's the lead vocalist, but he didn't start recording as a solo artist until a year later. The song was released in 1970 on the first major-label album by his family group The Osmonds - Donny was the youngest member at the time, just 12 years old.
When Donny started recording as a solo artist a year later, he was still part of The Osmonds, but while he made teen pop, the group veered into rock and roll, which was a tough sell after "One Bad Apple." Their rockers didn't do well in America, but did in much of Europe; their 1972 track "Crazy Horses
" went to #2 in the UK.
Donny's solo material was a bigger seller; he had a string of hits that included "Puppy Love
," "The Twelfth Of Never
," and "Go Away Little Girl
." From 1976-1979, he and his sister Marie hosted a variety show called Donny & Marie
, which was produced by their older brothers. Donny fell out of favor in the '80s, but made a comeback at the end of the decade with his hit "Soldier Of Love