“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.'”
“Only You (And You Alone)” is a pop song composed by Buck Ram, recorded most successfully by The Platters in 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.”
As the video’s description tells, “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.”
The great thing about this video is that it show us we should always be moving forward, but sometimes looking into the past is a beautiful thing, especially when you realize that the music we listen to today, was built from songs just like this one.