This version was released as a single on 11 November in the US, Lennon plays acoustic guitar on the track, and recorded a guide vocal which was kept by producer Richard Perry.
Ringo did the spoken recitation on the repeat of the first half of the song.
The song is included on the soundtracks of the films American Graffiti, The Delinquents, and Mr. The song plays on a radio accidentally left on all night by Clark Kent (Jeff East) in film Superman: The Movie. The song features in the 1994 Michael Hui film Tie ban shao (Teppanyaki).
However, between the crackle of the radio and the sound created by the green crystal hidden in the Kents' barn, the song is barely discernible. The song is also featured in the 1993 Mike Myers cult classic So I Married An Axe Murderer.
Partly sung in French by Nancy Travis during the wedding ceremony scene.
It remained there for 30 weeks, beating out a rival cover version by a white band called The Hilltoppers.
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".
In 1974, Ringo Starr covered this song (b/w "Call Me") for his album Goodnight Vienna at the suggestion of John Lennon.
The Platters first recorded the song for Federal Records on May 20, 1954, but the recording was not released.
In 1955, after moving to Mercury Records, the band re-recorded the song (on April 26) and it scored a major hit when it was released in May.
In November that year, Federal Records released the original recording as a single (B-side - "You Made Me Cry") which sold poorly. Tony went 'O-o HHHH-nly you.' We laughed at first, but when he sang that song—that was the sign we had hit on something." According to Buck Ram, Tony Williams' voice "broke" in rehearsal, but they decided to keep this effect in the recording.
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. This was the only Platter's recording on which songwriter and manager Ram played the piano.