Only You (And You Alone)

November 3, 2021

Today’s song of the day is an American R&B doo-wop song, “Only You (And You Alone)”, by The Platters.

Fun Facts

  • “Only You (And You Alone)” was written by Buck Ram. The Platters initially recorded the song in 1954 for Federal Records, but it wasn’t released.
  • It was re-recorded in 1955 after the group moved to Mercury Records, and it instantly became a hit, making it to no. 1 on the U.S. R&B charts and staying there for seven weeks. It also made it to no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It remained on the charts for a total of 30 weeks.
  • The group, which still performs today, was founded in 1952 by Herb Reed, and it has had many members over the years of which Reed was the only continuous member up until his death in 2012.
  • At the time of the song’s release, group members were: Herb Reed, Tony Williams (who was the lead vocalist), Paul Robi, David Lynch and Zola Taylor. They were arguably the most successful incarnation of The Platters, performing together until 1959.
  • In 1956, the group participated in the musical film, “Rock Around the Clock”, where they performed “Only You”, as well as their other hit single, “The Great Pretender”.
  • The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2002.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Only you

Can make this world seem right

Only you

Can make the darkness bright

Only you and you alone

Can thrill me like you do

And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you

Can make this change in me

For it’s true

You are my destiny

When you hold my hand, I understand

The magic that you do

You’re my dream come true

My one and only you, only you

Only you and you alone

Can thrill me like you do

And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you

Can make this change in me

For it’s true

You are my destiny

When you hold my hand, i understand

The magic that you do do

You’re my dream come true

My one my one my one and only you

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