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Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Platters - Only you (and you alone)

Video of The Platters singing the song Only you (and you alone)

"Only You (And You Alone)" (often shortened to "Only You") is a pop song composed by Buck Ram and Ande Rand. It was recorded most successfully by The Platters in 1955.
The first recording of the song by The Platters turned out poorly, but after a re-recording, the song scored a major hit when it was released on July 3, 1955. The song held strong in the #1 position on the U.S. R & B charts for seven weeks, and hit #5 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. A 1959 instrumental cover by French orchestrator Franck Pourcel hit the Billboard top ten.
In 1974, Ringo Starr covered this song for his album Goodnight Vienna, and it became a #1 hit on the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and a #6 hit on the US pop chart in early 1975. A guide vocal sang by John Lennon that had been left on the multitrack later appeared in 1998 on his Anthology box set. Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers made #95 on the Billboard charts with his 1969 version.
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".
Country singers Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt and Doug Stone and writer-singer Norro Wilson all released cover versions, in 1982, 1995, 2006, and 1969, respectively. Both McEntire and Tritt charted with their renditions.
A version was also recorded in 1956 by the Welsh born singer Malcolm Vaughan.

Source: Wikipedia

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