The One and Only (song)

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"The One and Only"
The One and Only (song).jpg
Single by Chesney Hawkes
from the album Buddy's Song
B-side "It's Gonna Be Tough"
"Say Mama"
Released February 1991[1]
Format CD single, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:40
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Nik Kershaw
Producer(s) Alan Shacklock and Nik Kershaw
Chesney Hawkes singles chronology
"The One and Only"
"I'm a Man Not a Boy"

"The One and Only"
"I'm a Man Not a Boy"

"The One and Only" is a song written by Nik Kershaw, and recorded by the British singer Chesney Hawkes.

Produced by Kershaw and Alan Shacklock, Hawkes's recording was featured in the 1991 film Buddy's Song which starred Hawkes as the eponymous Buddy and Roger Daltrey (of rock band The Who) as his father. The film performed moderately well at the UK box office, but the song was a hit in that country's music charts, spending five weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in March and April 1991.[2][3]

The song was later featured in the film Doc Hollywood, also from 1991 (starring Michael J. Fox) and became a hit in the U.S., peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in November 1991.[4]

Polish singer Stachursky covered the song in 2000 with lyrics in Polish ("Typ niepokorny") on his album 1. Mario Lopez did a trance cover in 2008.[5][6][7]

A cover of the song by Ellen and the Escapades was featured in the 2014 film L.A. Slasher.[8]

The song was featured in two films by director Duncan Jones; in the 2009 film Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) as the wake-up alarm for the main character, and in the 2011 film Source Code, the song appears as the cellphone ringtone of the character of Christina. It is heard several times throughout each movie. ("The One and Only" in Moon is used ironically and is related to the story that unwinds. Jones admitted in an interview for the Warcraft movie that if an extended cut was ever released we'd see Hawkes sing the song, as he had a cameo playing a Bard. Hawkes is friends with director Jones and was also friends with his father David Bowie.

Hawkes was unable to follow up on this success, and is largely remembered as a one-hit wonder.

Track listing[edit]

1."The One and Only"Nik Kershaw3:44
2."It's Gonna Be Tough (film version)"Nigel Hinton and John Wesley Harding2:30
3."Say Mama"Johnny Meeks and Johnny Earl2:10
4."It's Gonna Be Tough"Nigel Hinton and John Wesley Harding2:50

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were made. One featured Hawkes performing for a crowd on a stage. The second video features a girl, played by Saffron and her friend (played by Lucy Alexander) going to a cinema to watch Buddy's Song, where Hawkes jumps out of the screen and beckons the girl to follow him. They go into a storage room, but Hawkes is then pulled back into the screen; he escapes again, only to have Roger Daltrey (who plays the father of Hawkes's character in the film) come out of the screen and chase after them. Finally, at the end of the video, Hawkes reaches out of the screen to the girl, who takes his hands and goes into the screen with him. They kiss whilst being watched by the girl's shocked friend.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991–92) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[9] 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[10] 1
Canadian Singles Chart 61
Dutch Singles Chart[11] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[12] 2
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[13] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[14] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 1
UK Singles Chart[2][3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 10
Chart (2016) Peak
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[17] 75

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 93


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  5. ^ "Mario Lopez | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
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  12. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
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  17. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15.