I Only Have Eyes for You

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"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Song
Published1934 by Remick Music Corp.
Songwriter(s)Al Dubin
Composer(s)Harry Warren

"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written for the film Dames (1934) when Dick Powell introduced it.[1] Several successful recordings of the song were made in 1934 and later there were charted versions by The Flamingos (1959) and Art Garfunkel (1975).

Charting versions[edit]

Popular 1934 versions[edit]

Ben Selvin (vocal by Howard Phillips), Eddy Duchin and Jane Froman.[2]

The Flamingos version[edit]

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by The Flamingos
from the album Flamingo Serenade
B-side"Goodnight, Sweetheart"
(reissued in May 1959 with "At the Prom" as the B-side)
ReleasedApril 1959
RecordedOctober 31, 1958
StudioBell Sound Studios, New York City
Genre
Length3:20
LabelEnd
Songwriter(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Producer(s)George Goldner
The Flamingos singles chronology
"Love Walked In"
(1959)
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
(1959)
"Yours"
(1959)

The Flamingos' version peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart[3] and number 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4] It ranked as the 73rd biggest hit of 1959 by Billboard.[5] Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Flamingos' version as number 158 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[6]

Art Garfunkel version[edit]

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
I Only Have Eyes for You - Art Garfunkel.jpg
Single by Art Garfunkel
from the album Breakaway
B-side"Looking for the Right One"
ReleasedAugust 1975
Recorded1975
GenreSoft rock
Length3:30
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Producer(s)Richard Perry
Art Garfunkel singles chronology
"Second Avenue"
(1974)
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
(1975)
"Break Away"
(1975)

A recording of the song by Art Garfunkel was a number-one hit on the UK Singles Chart in October 1975 for two weeks.[7] In the US, the song reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] and No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[9] Garfunkel performed "I Only Have Eyes for You" on the second episode of Saturday Night Live.[10]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 517. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart", Billboard
  4. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs - Billboard", Billboard
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1959/Top 100 Songs of 1959". Music Outfitters.
  6. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "i+only+have+eyes+for+you | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart", Billboard
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard", Billboard
  10. ^ O'Connor, John J. (October 20, 1975). "TV: Simon and Garfunkel Reunion on NBC's 'Saturday Night'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.

Sources

  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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