About the Song

Step back in time to 1955, where a song with a simple yet powerful message began its journey to becoming a timeless classic. “Only You (And You Alone)”, composed by the talented Buck Ram, was brought to life by the American vocal group The Platters, led by the charismatic vocalist Tony Williams. While the full title might seem lengthy, the song is more commonly and affectionately known as “Only You”, a testament to its enduring popularity.

This iconic tune wasn’t an instant success. The Platters’ initial recording in 1954 for Federal Records was shelved. It wasn’t until the following year, after moving to Mercury Records, that the magic truly happened. As bassist Herb Reed vividly recalled, the group struggled to find the right sound, rehearsing countless times without success. But then, a moment of serendipity struck. During a car ride, a sudden jerk caused Williams to sing a line with a unique inflection, “O-oHHHH-nly you.” Laughter turned to realization; they had stumbled upon something special.

Adding to the song’s unique charm was an unexpected vocal “break” from Williams during a rehearsal. Rather than dismissing it as a mistake, songwriter Buck Ram recognized its potential and incorporated it into the final recording, making it a signature feature of “Only You.” Ram himself played the piano accompaniment, further enriching the song’s musical tapestry.

The impact of “Only You” was undeniable. It soared to the top of the charts, claiming the No. 1 spot on the U.S. R&B charts for a remarkable seven weeks. It also reached the prestigious No. 5 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained on the charts for an impressive 30 weeks, defying the competition from other popular renditions.

“Only You” is more than just a catchy tune; it’s a testament to the power of perseverance, collaboration, and embracing the unexpected. From its initial recording attempts to its enduring legacy, “Only You” continues to resonate with listeners across generations, captivating hearts with its timeless message of love and devotion.

Lyrics

Only you can make all 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 all 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 can make all 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

One and only you