Six-Star Songs: The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)

In the spring of 2017, I had recently become obsessed with collecting 45s. I had long been a fan of the pop music of the ‘50s and ‘60s, i.e. “oldies”. After collecting vintage jazz records for a while, of which many collectors believe the mono versions are the most authentic, it finally dawned on me that seeking out classic pop tunes on original mono 45 R.P.M. discs might provide an worthwhile listening experience.

On one of my digging expeditions, I strolled into a dusty Brooklyn store prepared to loot them for all my favorites, and they had a lot of 45s to go through. (45s are great because most record collectors focus on LPs so there’s less competition and hence they’re often very affordable.) Up front was a box of new arrivals. Flipping through, this single’s colorful logo typography and cute daschund illustration caught my eye.

Continue reading