Only You (Harry Connick Jr. album)

Only You is Harry Connick Jr.’s 17th album from Columbia Records, released in February 2004, consisting of versions of songs from the 1920s to the 1960s. A Grammy nominated album, which has made the top ten album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was certified gold in March 2004, and platinum in July 2004.

Only You debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling about 140,000 copies in its first week. It also made the top ten of the UK album charts and the Australian top 40 charts.

The initial idea for the album came from Donnie Ierner, the President of Columbia Records who suggested that Connick produce an album of songs that the baby boomers grew up with. In May 2003, Harry Connick Jr entered Capitol Studios to make both Harry for the Holidays and Only You. Whilst playing from the piano once used by Nat King Cole, he led his big band through the selection of Christmas songs and 1950s and 1960s.

On his website, Harry Connick Jr. explained that he wanted to perform songs with a real history to them. „Part of what I wanted to do on this record, “was to focus on songs that had their second success in the Fifties. „My Prayer“ is a great example. I know that most people associate it with the Platters, but I knew the Ink Spots’ version from the Thirties as well. That’s why I picked things like „My Blue Heaven“ and „I Only Have Eyes for You,“ songs I remember hearing as a kid that have a real history.“

A music DVD Only You: In Concert was released in March 2004, after it had first aired as a Great Performances special on PBS.

Songs on the DVD (Live video)

Connick won an Emmy for „Outstanding Music Direction“ in the „Great Performances“ category in September 2004, and received a Gold & Platinum „Music Video – Long Form“ Award from the RIAA for his Only You: In Concert DVD, in November 2005.