“Only One You”
Written by Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
February 5 – February 12, 1982
#1 (1 week)
February 20, 1982
We’ve made it more than halfway through T.G. Sheppard’s string of eight consecutive No. 1 hits.
I’m still waiting for a truly great record, but at least we haven’t had a truly loathsome entry in a while. There are more of them coming, but not today.
“Only One You” is a game attempt at sincerity, with only a passing reference to his younger lothario days. He’s going for the heart here:
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Curse you, T.G. Sheppard! Despite having consciously completely forgotten about this song, my seemingly limitless song-bank of lame lyrics quickly loosened my tongue and had me singing along.
As kid, I felt sophisticated dropping all the cultural references in the fairly unsophisticated rhyme scheme at play here; the song felt exotic and mature. The jittery production does nothing to protect Sheppard’s limitations as a vocalist.
I wonder if we will ever recapture, or even understand, the zeitgeist of Sheppard’s popularity.