I Only Have Eyes for You

"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written for the film Dames (1934) when Dick Powell introduced it.[1] Several successful recordings of the song were made in 1934 and later there were charted versions by The Flamingos (1959) and Art Garfunkel (1975).

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Published1934 by Remick Music Corp.
Songwriter(s)Al Dubin
Composer(s)Harry Warren

Charting versionsEdit

Popular 1934 versionsEdit

Ben Selvin (vocal by Howard Phillips), Eddy Duchin and Jane Froman.[2]

The Flamingos versionEdit

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by the Flamingos
from the album Flamingo Serenade
ReleasedApril 1959
RecordedOctober 31, 1958
StudioBell Sound Studios, New York City
Songwriter(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Producer(s)George Goldner
The Flamingos singles chronology
"Love Walked In"
"I Only Have Eyes for You"

The Flamingos recorded a doo-wop adaptation of the song in 1958.[3] It was commercially successful, peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart[6] and number 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7] Their version has since been recognised as an important work and has been frequently included in numerous lists. It was ranked as the 73rd biggest hit of 1959 by Billboard.[8] Rolling Stone magazine ranked the version as number 158 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[9]

The Lettermen versionEdit

A 1966 recording by The Lettermen went to number 4 on the US Easy Listening chart and number 72 on Hot 100.[10]

Art Garfunkel versionEdit

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Single by Art Garfunkel
from the album Breakaway
B-side"Looking for the Right One"
ReleasedAugust 1975
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Producer(s)Richard Perry
Art Garfunkel singles chronology
"Second Avenue"
"I Only Have Eyes for You"
"Break Away"

A recording of the song by Art Garfunkel was a number-one hit on the UK Singles Chart in October 1975 for two weeks.[11] In the US, the song reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] and No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[13] Garfunkel performed "I Only Have Eyes for You" on the second episode of Saturday Night Live.[14]



  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 517. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ a b Zellner, Xander (January 16, 2018). "The Flamingos' 'I Only Have Eyes for You' Rules THR's Top TV Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (March 14, 2001). "Flamingos, Doo-wop Royalty, to Roost in Hal of Fame". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  5. ^ Rock and Roll at Fifty (Liner notes). May 25, 2004. ASIN B00023BJGY.
  6. ^ "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart", Billboard
  7. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs - Billboard", Billboard
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1959/Top 100 Songs of 1959". Music Outfitters.
  9. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 144.
  11. ^ "i+only+have+eyes+for+you | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100 Chart", Billboard
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard", Billboard
  14. ^ O'Connor, John J. (October 20, 1975). "TV: Simon and Garfunkel Reunion on NBC's 'Saturday Night'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.


  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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