Only You (And You Alone)
|"Only You (And You Alone)"|
1955 hit version
|Single by The Platters|
|from the album The Platters (Original recording) & The Fabulous Platters (Re-recording)|
|B-side||"You Made Me Cry" (Original recording)
"Bark, Battle and Ball" (Re-recording)
|Released||1954 (Original recording)
|Recorded||1954 (Original recording)
|Label||Federal (Original recording)
|Writer(s)||Buck Ram and Ande Rand|
US picture sleeve
|Single by Ringo Starr|
|from the album Goodnight Vienna|
|Released||11 November 1974 (US)
15 November 1974 (UK)
|Format||Vinyl record 7"|
|Genre||Folk, Disco, Pop|
|Ringo Starr singles chronology|
|"Only You (And You Alone)"|
|Single by Reba McEntire|
|from the album Heart to Heart|
|B-side||"Love by Love"|
|Reba McEntire singles chronology|
|"Only You (And You Alone)"|
|Single by Travis Tritt|
|from the album Greatest Hits: From the Beginning|
|Released||January 8, 1996|
|Travis Tritt singles chronology|
The Platters' version
The first recording of the song on Federal Records, also by Williams and The Platters, turned out poorly in 1954, but after a re-recording, the song scored a major hit when it was released on July 3, 1955. Platters bass singer Herb Reed later recalled how the group hit upon its successful version: “We tried it so many times, and it was terrible. One time we were rehearsing in the car... and the car jerked. Tony went 'O-oHHHH-nly you.’ We laughed at first, but when he sang that song — that was the sign we had hit on something.” According to Buck Ram, Tony Williams' voice "broke" in rehearsal, but they decided to keep this effect in the recording. This was the only Platter's recording on which songwriter and manager Ram played the piano.
The song held strong in the number-one position on the U.S. R & B charts for seven weeks, and hit number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It remained there for 30 weeks, beating out a rival cover version by a white band called The Hilltoppers. When the Platters track, "The Great Pretender" (which eventually surpassed the success of "Only You"), was released in the UK as Europe's first introduction to The Platters, "Only You" was included on the flipside. In the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock, The Platters participated with both songs "Only You" and "The Great Pretender".
Ringo Starr version
In 1974, Ringo Starr covered this song (b/w "Call Me") for his album Goodnight Vienna at the suggestion of John Lennon. This version was released as a single on 11 November in the US,[nb 1] and it became a number six hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one on the easy listening chart in early 1975. It was released in UK on 15 November.[nb 2] Lennon plays acoustic guitar on the track, and recorded a guide vocal which was kept by producer Richard Perry. Harry Nilsson sings harmony vocals and appears with Starr in the amusing music video filmed on top of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. Lennon's vocal version appears on his Anthology box set, in 1998.
Other notable covers
- A version was recorded in 1956 by the Welsh born singer Malcolm Vaughan. Also in 1956, an instrumental version by Franck Pourcel was released & sold over 3 million copies by 1959.
- The American vocal group Deep River Boys featuring Harry Douglas with Arne Bendiksen's orchestra recorded the song in Oslo on August 8, 1956. It was released on the 78 rpm record HMV AL 6033.
- A 1959 instrumental cover by French orchestrator Franck Pourcel hit the Billboard top ten. *Brenda Lee's version made the top five in Flemish Belgium in late 1963.
- Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers reached #95 on the Billboard charts with his 1969 version.
- In 1973, the singer Stein Ingebrigtsen had a number one hit in Norway with a Norwegian version of the song, entitled "Bare du". The lyrics were written by the record producer Arve Sigvaldsen. A Swedish version of the song, "Bara du", also recorded by Ingebrigtsen, became popular in that country. IngebrigtsOen also recorded a German version entitled "So wie du" with lyrics written by Ralph-Maria Siegel.
- The American vocal group The Stylistics recorded a cover version for their 1976 album, Once Upon a Juke Box.
- Luis Miguel recorded the song in Spanish under the title "Solo tú" for his 1987 album Soy Como Quiero Ser.
- Country singers Norro Wilson, Reba McEntire, The Statler Brothers, Travis Tritt and Doug Stone all released cover versions, in 1969, 1982, 1986, 1995, and 2006, respectively. Wilson, McEntire, The Statler Brothers and Tritt charted with their renditions.
- The pop band Child released the song as a single in 1979, reaching number-33 in the UK Charts.
- John Alford recorded the song as a double-A side with "Blue Moon" in 1996, which reached number 9 in the UK charts.
- Japanese artist Shikao Suga covered this song on his 2001 single "Hachigatsu no Serenade".
- Fictional music group Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and its soundtrack.
- Diana Ross covered the song on her 2007 album I Love You.
- Train covered the song in 2010 and released it as a non-album Internet-only single.
- In the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City, The Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, ominously sings the entire song a cappella on a voicemail message sent to Batman, heard during the game's end credits sequence.
- The bluegrass group The Del McCoury Band performed a bluegrass version of the song on their 2013 album The Streets of Baltimore.
Appearances in films and television
The 1952 romantic adventure movie Scaramouche included the words “Only you, and you alone”. It is not known whether this was an influence.
Conversely, the 1994 romantic comedy Only You did not feature the song.
The song is included on the soundtracks of the films American Graffiti (The Platters recording), The Delinquents (The Platters recording), Mr. Destiny and Alvin and the Chipmunks in which it was performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.
The song is also featured in the 1993 Mike Myers cult classic So I Married An Axe Murderer. Partly sung in French by Nancy Travis during the wedding ceremony scene.
This song was adapted into Cantonese in the Hong Kong movie A Chinese Odyssey. In the song, Longevity Monk tries to convince the character Joker, who he thinks is the Sun Wukong, to protect him on his travels and put on the Monkey King's golden crown. Instead, Joker beats Longevity Monk over the head with a rod.
This song also appears in the 2009 Japanese film Zero Focus.
Filipino actor/singer Sam Milby sang a rock-version of the song which served as the theme song for the Filipino-dubbed airing of the Korean drama series Only You and later served as the theme song to the Philippine adaptation of the series, starring Milby and airing on ABS-CBN in the Philippines and The Filipino Channel worldwide.
- List of number-one rhythm and blues hits (United States)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1975 (U.S.)
- For copyright reasons, Ram, who was registered with ASCAP, also added one of his pen names, Ande Rand.
- Buck Ram interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 230.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435.
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