Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Are You Lonesome Tonight?” is a popular song with music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was written in 1926, first published in 1927 and most notably revived by Elvis Presley in 1960 (with the title spelled Are You Lonesome To-Night?).

A number of artists recorded “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” in 1927. The song was first recorded by Ned Jakobs on May 8, but not released until 17, so the first published recording belongs to Charles Hart, on May 9. Composer Lou Handman himself played piano while his sister Edith provided the vocals for a recording released on the Gennett label on June 27. Vaughn DeLeath (also known as “The Original Radio Girl”) recorded the song twice, first on June 13, as solo and later on September 21, as vocalist for The Colonial Club Orchestra. On August 5, another version was released by famed tenor Henry Burr. The Carter Family also recorded a version in 1936.

The first charting version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” was recorded by Blue Barron for MGM Records. The record first reached the Billboard pop chart on April 7, 1950 and lasted eight weeks there, peaking at number nineteen. This version introduced an additional spoken part to the song loosely based on Shakespeare’s As You Like it using Jaques’ speech on Act II Scene VII: “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” Only a few weeks after Barron’s recording, Al Jolson recorded a version of the song on April 28, 1950.

Morgan’s version was followed by the best-known recording, by Elvis Presley, recorded on April 4, 1960. Elvis’s version was listed at #81 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.

Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Video)

 

Al Jolson – Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Video)

 

Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Lyrics)

Are you lonesome tonight? Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day?
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?

Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain? Shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight

I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world’s a stage
And each must play a part
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweet heart

Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act two, you seemed to change, you acted strange
And why? I’ve never known

Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you
But I’d rather go on hearing your lies
Than I go on living without you

Now the stage is bare and I’m standing there
With emptiness all around
And if you won’t come back to me
Then they can bring the curtain down

Is your heart filled with pain? Shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Are You Lonesome Tonight? (song)“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

 

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