The Flamingos are primarily remembered for their 1959 pop hit, I only have eyes for you. Written in 1934 for the film Dames, it has stood the test of time well and the brilliant Flamingos version, which was a radical re-interpretation, certainly helped to sustain the song's popularity. Yet brilliant as it is, the Flamingos had already established a respectable reputation even before they made that recording.
The Flamingos had some hits on the R+B charts during the fifties, notably I'll be home (covered by Pat Boone, who took it into the pop charts), before their big success in 1959. As a music fan with eclectic tastes, I like to hear how artists cover songs from a different genre, and the Flamingos recorded a very distinctive arrangement of the country song I really don't want to know (originally recorded by Eddy Arnold). Unlike Ray Charles in the sixties, the Flamingos didn't make a habit of covering country songs,
This compilation covers their music from 1953 to 1959, during which the Flamingos recorded for five different labels. It ends there because of the British copyright laws that cause recordings (though not songwriting credits) to lapse after fifty years, although it seems that most of their best music dates from the fifties.
The Flamingos were one of the best doo-wop groups and this is the first compilation to collect all of their fifties music together. I am not familiar with their sixties music, but I hope that in due course, it will also be released on CD.