I Only Have Eyes for You

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"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by The Flamingos
Released 1959
Format 7" single
Genre Doo-wop, traditional pop
Length 3:20
Label End
Writer(s) Harry Warren, Al Dubin
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by Art Garfunkel
Released 1975
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:30
Writer(s) Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Producer(s) Richard Perry

"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a popular romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film Dames where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

According to Billboard magazine, the song was a #2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934. The orchestras of Eddie Duchin and Anson Weeks also figured in the song's 1934 popularity, and was used the following year in the film, The Woman in Red, produced by Warner Brothers, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Raymond. This song was recorded in 1950 by Peggy Lee, and by The Flamingos in 1959, becoming one of their most popular hits. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Flamingos' version #157 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is a jazz standard, and has been covered by thousands of musicians.

A remake of the song by Art Garfunkel was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in October 1975 for two weeks.[1] The song was his first hit as a solo artist in the UK. In the US, the song reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[2] Garfunkel performed the song on the second episode of Saturday Night Live.

The Flamingos version[edit]

This song was published on The Flamingos' debut album Flamingos Serenade. The version by the Flamingos features a prominent reverb effect, creating a dreamy ambience. This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B charts.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The Flamingos' version was included on the soundtracks for the 1973 film American Graffiti, 1983 films The Right Stuff and Heart Like a Wheel, the 1991 film My Girl, the 1993 Robert De Niro film A Bronx Tale and the 2003 movie Something's Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Grace (Nicole Kidman) also sings a portion of the song to Charles (Christopher Eccleston) in the 2001 film The Others. The trailer of The Grudge 2 also briefly features the song.

On television, it was used as a recurring theme in a Tex Avery-directed Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoon of the same title, in a scene in the 1989 episode of The Wonder Years, "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation", and in a 1998 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer involving two ghosts from the 1950s borrowing its title from the song and features excerpts of it in several scenes. Disney also featured a music video of the song in the special DTV Doggone Valentine set to clips from Lady and the Tramp. Most recently, the song has been used in episodes of the supernatural drama TV series 666 Park Avenue and in 2013 was featured in the series Glee.

This song makes an appearance twice in the game The Darkness 2, when Jackie Estacado dances with his love Jenny.

A 35-minute version of the song alternately featuring Beck, Devendra Banhart, No Age, Tilda Swinton, and other artists formed the audio portion of Doug Aitken's installation Song \ 1 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. from March 22 to May 20, 2012.

Covers[edit]

In addition to the above artists, these notable artists have also covered this song:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 319. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 99. 
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny. "The Flamingos | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" by Helen Reddy
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single (Art Garfunkel version)
October 11, 1975
Succeeded by
"Something Better to Do" by Olivia Newton-John
Preceded by
"Hold Me Close" by David Essex
UK number-one single (Art Garfunkel version)
25 October 1975 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Space Oddity" by David Bowie