Tag: oldies

Listening Booth – The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”

Listening Booth – The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”

Listening Booth, Music
Since it was written 75 years ago "I Only Have Eyes for You" has been covered by a lot of acts.  But there is only one version that really matters, and it was released by the Flamingos in 1959.  Some words that come to mind with this are 'beautiful', 'haunting', and 'classic'. The tenor lead on the song is Nate Nelson, who joined the group in late 1954 and left in 1961 to form the Modern Flamingos.  He joined the Platters in 1964 and spent pretty much the rest of his career with them until he died of heart disease in 1984 at age 52. (this is the best-sounding video I could find on YouTube - it's admittedly not a lot to look at)
Hit the road Jack

Hit the road Jack

Mental Debris
I can't believe I missed this while I was away, but apparently last week it was announced that WCBS-FM, the long-running New York oldies station, will be returning to the airwaves this week. This is great news not only for oldies fans (of which I am one), but also for listeners who felt shafted by WCBS's unceremonious departure in June 2005. The details of the switch from oldies to Jack FM are chronicled here, but here's the short version - After 33 years as an oldies station (and with still healthy ratings), WCBS was yanked off the air with no notice and replaced by the Jack FM format. Local institutions like Cousin Brucie Morrow were dumped after decades of service, and loyal listeners were left in the lurch. The change was a slap in the face to fans of the station, and epitomized ...