See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Their harmony together is brilliant. They were so under rated in their time and never got the recognition they deserved. This is what singing and harmonising is all about, not like the rubbish we often hear today. Cannot recommended this CD highly enough - deserves 20 stars in my opinion. The quality of the remastered tracks is excellent.
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It was around this time that Johnson saw the Five Keys perform on the same bill as the Flamingos at the Royal Theatre, and whereas he "really loved the Five Keys, when the Flamingos came on it was like they had an aura around them. All of a sudden, sitting in my chair, I saw myself on that stage with them, singing and playing my guitar.
Afterwards, I went backstage — I already knew Jake from the days when he and his cousin Zeke sang with my church choir in Baltimore — and I told the guys about what I had experienced. They looked at me like I was a nutcase.
Terry Johnson today — still going strong. Now Johnny Carter had been drafted, too, and so when Nelson asked Johnson if he knew anyone who could sing first tenor, the young man who had been nicknamed 'Buzzy' — by a kid sister who had trouble pronouncing his real first name, Isaiah — pointed to himself. An audition followed, but it wasn't until Christmas Eve that Jake Carey called Johnson, asked him to join the group and informed him that he'd have to be in Philadelphia the very next day, before travelling to New York for rehearsals.
Three months later, the Flamingos signed with Decca and, the following month, they recorded 'The Ladder Of Love', featuring not only Johnson's vocal contribution, but also his arrangement. I changed the chords a little and made it build, because when Nate first gave it to me it was bland.
As the only musician in the group, it fell to me to do the arranging, and this was my first time really arranging the harmonies. Again, what I gave them was different, but Decca took my harmonies and buried them in the track, and then they had three white girls doing another kind of harmony structure that their own arranger came up with.
It sounded more like something Pat Boone would do, and we were a little upset about that. I think we recorded 10 songs, and 'The Ladder Of Love' was my baby because I thought it was the only one that really had potential, but the company wanted us to sound too white. Not that this went very far. Nate Nelson was still under contract to Chess Records, and when Chess threatened to sue Decca over featuring him as part of the Flamingos, Decca basically pulled the plug and didn't promote the group's releases.
Add to this the singers' unhappiness about the direction in which they were being led and it wasn't long before they mutually agreed to cancel the deal. Terry Johnson wrote the song, shared its lead vocal with Paul Wilson and made an immediate impression on George Goldner, who loved his arrangement. The white people love your music, and that's very different.
So he brought me 33 songs — he and Richard went out and picked all of these old standards and asked me if I could change them around and do some different things with the vocals. Johnson and his colleagues ran through all 33 songs, a dozen of which ended up on their first LP, Flamingo Serenade, and included covers of compositions by George Gershwin, Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter. They all used those chord changes, and nobody did the refrain: 'My love must be a kind of blind love.
I can't see anyone but you. Go way out on it! Finally, it was about 12 or one in the morning, and I was so tired that I fell asleep, and in my dream I heard 'I Only Have Eyes For You' just the way it came out on our record. As soon as I woke up, I grabbed the guitar off my chest and it was like God put my fingers just where they were supposed to be. I played those chords and I heard the harmonies, and so I called the guys. I woke them all up and I said, 'Come over to my room right now! It's almost four o'clock!
There were, meanwhile, several studio musicians hired to play on 'I Only Have Eyes For You', and it was Terry Johnson who told them exactly what he wanted. It was kind of weird at first, but then I had the guitarist, Smiley — who was the nicest guy, he was always mellow and always had a smile on his face — play the third of the chord and put vibrato on it. He thought that was nice, and I also had the drummer play with brushes to make sure it didn't sound too big.
Smiley was such a pleasure to work with — I asked him, 'Can you do some fills here? Not too busy I would look at him and laugh and he'd just smile like he was doing something to please me. That's what he was about. He was a studio musician and he loved to please whoever was working with him.
He loved the Flamingos.