500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Flamingos, 'I Only Have Eyes for You'

Writer: Harry Warren
Producer: George Goldner
Released: April '59, End
13 weeks; No. 11

Dubbed "The Sultans of Smooth," this Chicago quintet honed their harmonies singing in a black Jewish temple choir and scored its best-known song with "I Only Have Eyes for You," originally a hit for crooner Ben Selvin in 1934. The Flamingos take the song all the way to Venus with elegant vocalizations and the otherworldly doo-bop-sh-bop.

Appears on: The Best of the Flamingos (Rhino)

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