I started this blog because there’s not much else I love more than music. Particularly music from the 20th Century (which really wasn’t that long ago). Last Friday night, my wife and I went to a concert in Salt Lake City that starred the Osmond family. They were celebrating 50 years in show business. So, naturally, I had to tell you about it. They did their first number one, “One Bad Apple”.
The Osmonds started out as four little guys singing like a barbershop quartet on the “Andy Williams Show”. They performed on that show for years. When Donny was born and became old enough to sing, he joined the group. The group performed on Williams show and other TV shows for several years, but didn’t really hit it big until 1971 when “One Bad Apple” became their first number one and therefore, is eligible to be played on this blog. They hit number one on February 13, 1971 and then went on to have 11 million sellers in the space of one year, a feat that has never been equaled.
In 1971, the Vietnam War hadn’t quite ended by this time. A report of two helicopters being shot down in Laos is a headline. Sounds like the headlines of today, unfortunately. Sometimes, I wonder if we’ll ever learn. Another headline I saw said “Democrats Urging Nixon to set timetable for War”. Just substitute Bush for Nixon and it could have come from last week’s papers.
The Oscar nominations were made that week. “Patton” and “Airport” received the most nominations. “Love Story”, “Tora, Tora, Tora” and “M*A*S*H” rounded out the five nominations. Now, all you movie buffs out there, do you know who won? The answer is down below today’s YouTube video. TV included “Bonanza”, “Rowen and Martin’s Laugh In”, “Carol Burnett” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC”. All of these are available on DVD, today.
I saw a “business lunch” advertised for $1.75. You could get a Pinto (remember them) for $1919.00. At your local Woolworth’s you could get blankets for $4.99 and ladies handbags for $3.67. Yes, don’t you wish you had a time machine.
Here is a video of “One Bad Apple”, enjoy…
P.S. The Oscar goes to “Patton”, of course.