Chesney Hawkes is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He started his career at the age of 19, when he appeared in the film Buddy’s Song, which featured his best known single “The One and Only”, which topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and reached the Top 10 in the United States. Two years later, Hawkes released “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, which reached number 63. He collaborated with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne for the single “Stay Away Baby Jane”, which reached number 74. He released his single “Another Fine Mess” in 2005, which reached number 48. Hawkes also appeared in the musical Can’t Smile Without You, as the role of Tony Lowiman.
Aside from music, he also appeared on Channel 4’s The Games in 2005, winning a Bronze Medal. Hawkes appeared on the shows Hit Me Baby One More Time, Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, and Sing If You Can.
“The One and Only” is a song written by Nik Kershaw, and recorded by the British singer Chesney Hawkes.
Produced by Kershaw and Alan Shacklock, and recorded and mixed by Gareth Cousins, Hawkes’ recording was featured in the 1991 film Buddy’s Song which starred Hawkes as the eponymous Buddy and Roger Daltrey as his father. The film performed moderately well at the UK box office, but the song was a hit in that country’s music charts, spending five weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in March and April 1991.