Monday, July 08, 2024

Record #0727: I Only Have Eyes For You / Goodnight Sweetheart – THE FLAMINGOS

End E-1046 (original) USA, April 1959
Words & Music by:  Side AHarry Warren, Al Dubin (uncredited); Side BJimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly,
Ray Noble
Musicians: Terry “Buzzy” Johnson (tenor vocals, lead guitar), Paul Wilson (baritone vocals), Nate Nelson (tenor, lead vocals), Tommy Hunt (tenor vocals), Zeke Carey (tenor vocals), Jake Carey (bass vocals), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by George Goldner at Bell Sound Studio, New York City, NY in March or April 1959
Highest chart positions:  US #11, US R&B #3

If I must describe the A-side with one word, it is “smooth”. I would also call it a slow masterpiece.

Later the same year the Flamingos reissued the single with “At the Prom” as the flip side.

The original recording was by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra in 1934 and it climbed to US #4. Art Garfunkel had a big hit with his cover version in 1975 (US #18, US AC #1, UK #1).

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30. The 1959 reissue is VG+ $12,50 / NM $25 for mono and VG+ $25 / NM $50 for stereo


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