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Artist:The Hilltoppers
Label:  London
Catalogue:HLD 8221
Date:2 Jan 1956
Chart Position:3
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:14 Own, 1 Wants
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AThe HilltoppersOnly You (And You Alone)Buck Ram, Aude Rand5.5  Rate
BThe Hilltoppers(It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes AlongCahn, Chaplin, Freeman6.0  Rate


Melody Maker ad, 31 December 1955, pp. 8–9.


11th Mar 2016
 weak pop cover of The Platters, probably only a UK hit as no UK Platters release & then theirs was a big hit later. Bet buyers never played this version again

28th Aug 2012
 And even Wayne Newton's version managed a 3-week run, reaching #122 on Billboard's 'Bubbling Under' chart.

28th Aug 2012
 Not a patch on the 'Platters' version
Like Maxonian's copy, my copy looks like it was bought new just yesterday. Not a mark on the vinyl & the gold writing on the black label still shines beautifully.

1st Feb 2012
 My copy is amazingly mint and almost unplayed.

25th Sep 2011
 I believe the Hilltoppers version was issued in the UK around six months before the Platters as their label Mercury did'nt have an outlet here. When the film ' Rock Around the Clock' came out they took off.

David M. McKee
9th Jul 2011
 The group’s beautiful cover of the Platters ‘Only You’ was a big US smash, making No.8 in November 1955 and spending more than three months on the charts. Other US placings were the Platters (No.5, 1955), a strange version by Franck Pourcel’s French Fiddles (No.9, 1959) and a belated entry by Ringo Starr (No.6, 1975).
In Britain, the Hilltoppers at No.3 pushed the Platters down to No.5. Later versions were by Mark Wynter (No.38, 1964) and Jeff Collins (No.40, 1972). Ringo Starr managed only No.28 in 1974.
‘The Real Thing’ marks a return to the Hilltoppers’ usual barbershop style.

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