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Terry Isaiah Johnson - 'I Only Have Eyes For You'

Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff

Terry Isaiah Johnson wrote and produced with Smokey Robinson at Motown Records. He is a recipient of the prestigious BMI Certificate of Achievement in Broadcasting Award and a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Terry first introduced the world to his arrangement and production of the jazz standard, 'I Only Have Eyes For You' in 1959 with the Flamingos and it became the most well-known and acclaimed version of all time. In his newly released single of the timeless love song, Terry captures the magic all over again for a new generation.

The sultry record captivates with a dynamic arrangement and swooning vocals.

The song opens with a quick pick-up from the guitar leading into the intricate rhythms of the drums. Melodic flourishes exchange between guitar and keys adding to the colorful timbre of the easy listening arrangement. Not before long, Terry’s crooning vocals melt over the track like icing on a cake. His voice is rich and sweet, full of color.

“Are the stars out tonight? / I don't know if it's cloudy or bright / I only have eyes for you, only you / The moon may be high / But I can't see a thing in the starry sky / I only have eyes for you.”

The jazzy cadences and compelling vocal melodies keep listeners glued to every tasteful nuance as the song progresses from section to section. To no surprise, Terry graces the record with tight vocal harmonies that add lush depth to the melodies throughout the song.

Taking a break from the seductive melodies of the vocals, a smooth harmonic transition leads into a polished sax solo for an entrancing instrumental interlude. This level of musicianship goes beyond the studio, it is where the soul meets art and Terry Isaiah Johnson is an artist like no other.

There is not one dull moment from start to finish in “I Only Have Eyes For You.” Terry Johnson is one of the most compelling performers and producers of our time. Make sure to check out the links below to keep up on the latest releases from this award winning, world -class artist of undeniable substance.

Listen on Spotify Visit Terry Isaiah Johnson at Hot Fun Records.


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