“I Only Have Eyes For You” Performed By The Flamingos (1959) & Jermaine Jackson (1972) & Eddy Duchin (1934)

April 22, 2010


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#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 (link no longer active 8/2012)

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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.

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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.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry April 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

OMG…this is one of my top favorite songs…ever. i remember when i was listenin to this song one day kinda loud on my ipod and my Grandma over heard it and was like “now thats real music!” lol. but really, this is one of the best love songs ever. though i am thinking really far ahead, i was thinkin about having this song as the first dance song for my wedding.

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2 SonDan April 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Your Grandma has musical style and grace for sure. ;-)
I never thought about it before but it is a perfect wedding song too.

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3 Robert June 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I didn’t realize that the Germain Jackson song was a cover. Great info, thanks!

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4 SonDan June 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Welcome Robert.
Both Jermaine, Michael and the J5 actually did lots of covers during their careers. One of my favorite pop covers by young MJJ was of The Sylistics “People Make The World Go Round.”
It was unusual for Motown acts to do covers of non-Motown tunes:they mostly covered songs written in-house so Berry could get those Jobete publishing monies! ;-) But for some reason those Jackson men broke the mold.
Check the “Motown Covers Pop” Theme here at OSML for more Motown covers.
And again, welcome to OSML fellow music lover!

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