The Friday 5×2 (x2.8): “Eyes” Songs, The Expanded List

So we did body parts last Friday, and on Monday you gave me your selections. I noticed that a lot of the selections were about eyes. I mentioned this to Eugenia, and we had this idea of doing a list of just songs that mention “eyes” (or “eye”) in the title. I thought I might already have done that as one of my Friday Fives or something, then discovered I had a playlist that I built for a Stream of Consciousness Saturday back in 2015, to which many of you had already contributed. (Thank you, by the way.) I came up with a few more, some of which I featured last week and on Monday. Anyway… here is the expanded playlist, with 28 songs, which should give you a nice soundtrack for the weekend.

  1. Roy Orbison, “The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You” Roy, from Vernon, Texas, and a few of his friends sang this live.
  2. B. J. Thomas, “The Eyes of a New York Woman” From his 1968 album On My Way, this reached #28 in the US and #29 in Canada. His next single, “Hooked On A Feeling,” did much better.
  3. Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor was started by Ides of March frontman Jim Peterik. They wrote and recorded this as a part of the Rocky III soundtrack in 1982, and it was a breakthrough hit for them, peaking at #1 for six weeks and in the Top Ten for eighteen weeks. It won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and was nominated for an Academy Award and a People’s Choice Award.
  4. Kim Carnes, “Bette Davis Eyes” Written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon in 1974, Kim covered it in 1981 on her album Mistaken Identity, it reached #1 on both the Hot 100 and Cash Box survey. It was the #1 song for the 1980’s according to Billboard Magazine.
  5. Bruce “Babyman” Baum, “Marty Feldman Eyes” Naturally, a song as great as “Bette Davis Eyes” is ripe for a send-up, provided by the comedian Bruce “Babyman” Baum. I saw him perform this live at The Punch Line in Atlanta about thirty years ago.
  6. Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl” From his 1967 debut solo album Blowin’ Your Mind!, it reached #10 that year.
  7. Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady” A personal favorite, because Mark and I used to jam on this all the time. From 1970, it peaked at #3, one of two singles to reach the Top Ten, the other being 1974’s “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You.”
  8. Loggins & Messina, “Angry Eyes” From their eponymous 1972 album, this wasn’t released as a single, but I remember it getting a lot of airplay on AOR stations around that time.
  9. Robert John, “Sad Eyes” Brooklyn-born Robert John had a minor hit in the early Seventies with a cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” but this 1979 offering was his big hit, reaching #1 that year.
  10. Kelly Clarkson, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” I went searching through YouTube just to see if there were any songs I was missing any, and found this one. Kelly was the winner of Season 1 of American Idol, and released this in 2005. It reached #6.
  11. Velvet Underground, “Pale Blue Eyes” Another I found when searching for songs I might have missed. This was on their eponymous third album from 1969 and appears on 1970’s Live At Max’s Kansas City.
  12. Al Martino, “Spanish Eyes” Played this one earlier this week. It was a #6 hit for Al in 1966.
  13. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” Played this and the next couple last Friday. This was from Wheatfield Soul and was their first hit in the US, peaking at #6.
  14. The Who, “Behind Blue Eyes” From 1971’s Who’s Next, it reached #34 on the Hot 100 and #24 on the Cash Box survey that year.
  15. Helen O’Connell & Bob Eberly with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, “Green Eyes” Had been around since 1929, but this 1941 recording was the first big hit for the song, spending 21 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at #1.
  16. Elton John, “Blue Eyes” From Sir Elton’s 1982 album Jump Up! It went to #12 on the Hot 100, #10 on the Cash Box survey, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  17. Crystal Gayle, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” From her 1977 debut album We Must Believe In Magic. It reached #1 on the Country chart, #2 on the Hot 100, and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. For the record, Crystal Gayle has blue eyes.
  18. Eric Carmen, “Hungry Eyes” Was recorded in 1987 and featured in the movie Dirty Dancing (a woman I used to work with set the record for the most times a person watched that movie, or would have if there was such a record). The song peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and #3 on Cash Box.
  19. Unknown artist, “Barney Google, with the Goo-goo-googly Eyes” Billy Rose wrote the lyrics in 1923 after the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith became popular. The strip is still running, but Barney hasn’t made an appearance in some time.
  20. Jimi Hendrix, “Gypsy Eyes” Was on his 1968 album Electric Ladyland and was based on a “field holler.” listen with headphones, the guitar fades from the left channel to the right and back.
  21. Willie Nelson, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” Originally recorded by Roy Acuff in 1947, it was recorded by Hank Williams in 1951 and, when Willie recorded it in 1975, it propelled him to country music stardom, reaching #1 on the Country chart and #21 on the Hot 100.
  22. Eddie Cantor, “Ma! He’s Making Eyes At Me!” Written in 1921 by Sidney Clare and Con Conrad and has been recorded and performed many times.
  23. The Modernaires, “Jeepers Creepers (Where’d’ya Get Those Peepers?)” The Modernaires were around for years and are best-known for their work with Glenn Miller. The song doesn’t exactly fit, but I don’t care.
  24. Spirit, “Dark-Eyed Woman” Was released as a single in 1969, from the band’s third album Clear, and reached #118.
  25. Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes” From Bob’s 1985 album Empire Burlesque.
  26. Frankie Valli, “My Eyes Adored You” Joisey Boy Valli released this in November 1974 and it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  27. Blake Shelton with Gwen Sebastian, “My Eyes” Released in 2014, it reached #39 on both the US and Canada Hot 100, #1 on the US and Canada Couintry charts.
  28. Jackson Browne, “Doctor My Eyes” Written in 1972 and featured on his eponymous debut album, it reached #8 on the Hot 100. I believe David Crosby and Graham Nash sing backup on this.

So, that should keep you busy for the weekend. I’m off to get physical therapy today, to help me deal with some arthritis issues. That’s The Friday 5×2 for September 22, 2017.

19 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2 (x2.8): “Eyes” Songs, The Expanded List

  1. It took me a minute to remember another tune because you pretty well covered the songs in your list. But I knew more “eye” songs had to exist. Then I remembered an old gypsy song I used to hear often as a child. “Dark Eyes” (not Dylan) has been recorded by many artists. I thought you might appreciate this performance by Chet Atkins:

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. An eclectic blend of eye tunes for my morning πŸ˜› haha, eye tunes!
    Jimi didn’t play, but the rest was great — “Jeepers, creepers, where’d ya get those peepers” seems to be the one that stuck with me.
    Have you heard Limp Bikkit’s version of Behind Blue Eyes? It’s gooooood.


  3. I love a lot of these songs you present here. Who knew how many songs were about eyes! There is one more that I really love by Chris De Burgh- The Girl with April in her Eyes.


  4. Good one! So many great Eyes songs are favorites of mine: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison has been sung to me all my life since I am a brown-eyed girl. Angry Eyes by Loggins & Messina is one of my all-time favs. I can play that over and over. Another one that can be on repeat without getting on my nerves is Sad Eyes.
    Doctor My Eyes is another great song. I think I used that song in a BOTB recently? I’m pretty sure I did…
    And of course, any Guess Who song ranks up there in my book…

    Fun post John..

    Michele at Angels Bark


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