The eyes have it this week with a featured image from Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound.
I Only Have Eyes For You was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin in 1934 for the movie Dames. It’s a well-loved and oft recorded song.
We begin our survey with Mr. B: Billy Eckstein. FYI, he had nothing to do with the French Quarter eatery. That’s Mr. B for Brennan.
Billy Eckstein had few equals as a singer. Billie Holiday didn’t have his range but her phrasing is divine.
Next up, the man the world called Satchmo but his friends called him Pops.
The Flamingos had the biggest hit of their career with the Warren-Dubin classic.
The Chairman of the Board and The Count. Say no more.
I Only Have Eyes For You was the biggest hit of Art Garfunkel’s solo career.
Finally, the great jazz singer and pianist, Abbey Lincoln:
What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, the tiny titan of trumpet, Roy Eldridge followed by Oscar Peterson.
Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? It’s the first time this year.
That’s it for this week. It’s time to revive a rarely heard toast: Here’s mud in your eye. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.