#3 R&B, #11 Pop
Two brothers from Baltimore moving on to Chicago and finally to New York were the the spark of the evolution of what became the Flamingos. As far as names go they started as the Swallows, but changed to the Five Flamingos when they found out there was another vocal group going by that name back in Baltimore.
They ultimately became The Flamingos and had their most memorable hit with the remake of a 1934 song “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
I think that these men blended their voices in sweet harmonies and moved on stage such that they set the standard for what a great male vocal group should be. I don’t think anyone in Popular Music surpassed them until the Classic Temptations came along in the Sixites and perfected the sweetest blend of voices as arranged by Mr. Eddie Kendricks and the smoothest steps in unison as choreographed by Mr. Cholly Atkins.
Still performing today, as Terry Johnson’s Flamingos,
you may read the detail of their history and get current on their performances and music at their website. Just click on the link. (link no longer active 8/2012)
Just as The Flamingos covered this Eddy Duchin classic over 20 years after its introduction and had it appear on their first LP — Jermaine Jackson covered the Flamingos’ version over a decade later and the song appeared on his first LP. I BTW Jermaine’s first solo venture apart from the J5 was his best outing IMHO.
To round out this post I thought I would share the original version of this Great American Songbook classic by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra.
Please enjoy all three and be sure to vote and comment to share you opinions of which you prefer and why.
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