I Only Have Eyes for You

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"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by The Flamingos
Released1959
Format7" single
GenreDoo-Wop
Length3:20
LabelEnd
Writer(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
 
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"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by The Flamingos
Released1959
Format7" single
GenreDoo-Wop
Length3:20
LabelEnd
Writer(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by Art Garfunkel
Released1975
Length3:30
Writer(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
ProducerRichard Perry

"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a popular 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 Peter 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 most notably 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 song on the UK Singles Chart in October 1975 for two weeks. 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.[1] Garfunkel performed the song on the second episode of Saturday Night Live.

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The Flamingos version

The version by the Flamingos features a prominent echo effect, creating a dreamy ambience. This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B charts.[2]

In popular culture

The Flamingos' version was included on the soundtracks for the 1973 film American Graffiti and the 1983 films The Right Stuff and Heart Like a Wheel. A 1998 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer borrows its title from the song and also features parts of the song in several instances. It was used in a scene in the 1989 episode of The Wonder Years, 'How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation', and also as a recurring theme in a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoon of the same title, released three years after the original song, and directed by Tex Avery. Disney featured a music video of the song in the special DTV Doggone Valentine set to clips from Lady and the Tramp. This song also makes an appearance twice in the game The Darkness 2, when Jackie Estacado dances with his love Jenny. It also was a part of the soundtrack for the 2003 movie "Something's Gotta Give" starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

The song 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

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

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 99. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-flamingos-mn0000055304/awards
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