“I Only Have Eyes for You”
is a popular romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film Dames where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.
According to Billboard magazine, the song was a #2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934. The orchestras of Eddie Duchin and Anson Weeks also figured in the song’s 1934 popularity, and was used the following year in the film, The Woman in Red, produced by Warner Bros., starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Raymond. It was also used in the film Tea for Two, sung by Gordon MacRae. The song is used in the musical 42nd Street. This song was recorded in 1947 by Peggy Lee, and by the Flamingos in 1959, becoming one of their most popular hits. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Flamingos’ version #157 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is a jazz standard, and has been covered by thousands of musicians.
A remake of the song by Art Garfunkel was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in October 1975 for two weeks. The song was his first hit as a solo artist in the UK. In the US, the song reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the adult contemporary chart. The B-side of the single release was “Looking For the Right One,” a song written by Stephen Bishop. Garfunkel performed “I Only Have Eyes for You” on the second episode of Saturday Night Live.