Only You (And You Alone)

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"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)
1955 (Re-recording)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1954 (Original recording)
1955 (Re-recording)
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:36
Label Federal (Original recording)
Mercury (Re-recording)
Writer(s) Buck Ram and Ande Rand
"Only You"
US picture sleeve
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
B-side "Call Me"
Released 11 November 1974 (US)
15 November 1974 (UK)
Format Vinyl record 7"
Genre Folk, Disco, Pop
Length 3:16
Label Apple
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Oh My My"
(1974)
"Only You"
(1974)
"No No Song"
(1974)
Goodnight Vienna track listing
"Only You (And You Alone)"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Heart to Heart
B-side "Love by Love"
Released November 1981
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label Mercury
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Today All Over Again"
(1981)
"Only You (And You Alone)"
(1981)
"I'm Not That Lonely Yet"
(1982)
"Only You (And You Alone)"
Single by Travis Tritt
from the album Greatest Hits: From the Beginning
Released January 8, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label Warner Bros.
Travis Tritt singles chronology
"Sometimes She Forgets"
(1995)
"Only You (And You Alone)"
(1996)
"More Than You'll Ever Know"
(1996)

"Only You (And You Alone)" (often shortened to "Only You") is a pop song composed by Buck Ram.[1] It was recorded most successfully by The Platters, with lead vocals by Tony Williams, in 1955.[2]

The Platters' version[edit]

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[2] 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.”[3] 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.[2]

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.[4] 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".

Cover versions[edit]

Ringo Starr version[edit]

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][5] 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.[6] It was released in UK on 15 November.[nb 2][7] 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[edit]

Paul Anka also has great version of Only you.

Appearances in films and television[edit]

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 in the 1991 film Hot Shots! starring Charlie Sheen. The song features in the 1994 Michael Hui film Tie ban shao (Teppanyaki).

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.

The song was featured heavily in advertising for Network Q during the early 1990s, with the song changed to 'Only Q'[8]

In the 1995 comedy Sgt. Bilko, Country music artist Travis Tritt sings it on the stage. Tritt's version was included on his 1995 album Greatest Hits: From the Beginning.

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.

Lonestar recorded a cover version for the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.

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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ US Apple 1876[5]
  2. ^ UK Apple R 6000[7]
Citations
  1. ^ For copyright reasons, Ram, who was registered with ASCAP, also added one of his pen names, Ande Rand.[citation needed]
  2. ^ a b c Buck Ram interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  3. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9314992/Herb-Reed.html
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463. 
  5. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 230. 
  7. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  8. ^ Video on YouTube

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