1975 Art Garfunkel – I Only Have Eyes For You
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel became friends in elementary school and released their first charting single (as Tom and Jerry) in 1957. By 1970, the duo had charted quite a few more records. Sadly, they had also reached the point where they could no longer work together, and they went their separate ways.
Paul released a solo album that spawned a few hit singles in 1972. Art appeared in a two films and then found work teaching high school math. Art recorded a new album and returned to the charts in 1973. Paul released another album that year as well.
The only song Art seems to have recorded the next year was Second Avenue, a cover of Tim Moore’s prize-winning song. Art’s single reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart but only reached #34 on the Hot 100 in 1974.
In 1975, Paul and Art each began work on a new solo album. Paul felt that Art’s songs were too light and airy, and wrote My Little Town for Art to sing. Each of them included the cut on their new album. They were unable to cooperate on any additional recordings at that time.
The 1934 film Dames featured the song I Only Have Eyes For You. The Flamingos recorded the song in 1958. Their single reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart in 1959. The group even lip-synced the record on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show.
Art covered the song on his new album (Breakaway) and released it as his first single from the album. Art’s record peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and topped the AC chart in 1975.
Columbia Records then released My Little Town, crediting the song to Simon and Garfunkel rather than to either artist individually. The single reached the top ten on the Hot 100.
In December, Art released Break Away from his album. Backup vocals on the recording included singing by David Crosby and Graham Nash. The song peaked at #39 on the Hot 100 in 1975 and faded quickly. The single again put Art at the top of the AC chart.
In 1978, Paul again worked with Art on a single. Columbia billed (What A) Wonderful World as, “Art Garfunkel with Paul Simon and James Taylor.” The release again brought Art to the top of the AC chart, and the single also reached the top twenty on the Hot 100. Art had seven more top forty singles on the AC chart, but it was the last time Art charted in the top forty on the Hot 100.
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