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Are you lonesome tonight ?

COVERED BY ELVIS

Are You Lonesome tonight ?



recording date elvis: Monday 4 april 1960;studio
first release: on audio single are you lonesome tonight ? ( 1 november 1960 )

originally by: Charles Hart

recording date: 09-05-1927
originally written by: Turk;Handman
catalognumber: 431 H
label: harmony




The number is probably more associated with Al Jolson than anyone other than Elvis, but Jolson did not make a recording of it until 1950. Numerous artists recorded AYLT in 1927, including the composer himself, Lou Handman, who played piano backing while his sister Edythe provided the vocals on the Gennett label (27 June), and Vaughn DeLeath ("The Radio Girl") who recorded the number twice, first as a solo on 13 June 1927 and then on the following 1 October, as vocalist for The Colonial Club Orchestra. Famed tenor Henry Burr released his own version in that same year, having recorded it (probably) on 5 August. Ned Jakobs is often listed as the first to record the number (he recorded it on 17 May 1927), but his recording was not used. At least one recording of the number is reported to have been made on 18 June, 1926, the year in which it was copyrighted; this was done by Bob Haring, leading the Cameo Dance Orchestra, a sort of studio band brought together to record as much as possible as early as possible -- have a look here.. This number was released on three labels: Cameo 967, Lincoln 2540 and Romeo 250 (all with the same matrix number). However, the recording is purely instrumental (at least on Romeo 250, where the performer is listed as the Dixie Daisies) and writing credits are shown for Turk, Little, Britt and not Turk, Handman. It looks, therefore, as if Roy Turk's lyrics were set to music twice: the familiar song as Elvis recorded it and an earlier version, with music by Little and Britt. Therefore, the original honour has to go to Charles Hart (see good biography), whose 9 May 1927 recording was released as "Are You Lonesome To-night" on Harmony 431.
Colonel Parker persuaded Elvis to record this number, a favourite of Mrs. Parker's! The arrangement used in Elvis's version is based on the 1950 recording of Are You Lonesome Tonight by the Blue Barron Orchestra.
The spoken part is loosely based on a speech by Jacques in Shakespeare's "As You Like It", 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."



Are You Lonesome Tonight?
performed by
Charles Hart



tonight

I love you and I always will
and while I, m so lonely
I,m writing you only
to see if you care for me still

Are You Lonesome Tonight,
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apartt

Does your memory stray
To a bright summer 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?

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?





Are You Lonesome Tonight?
performed by
Elvis Presley



Are You Lonesome Tonight,
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apartt

Does your memory stray
To a bright summer 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 are lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world's a stage
And we each must play a part.
Faith 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 lines so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act 2, you seemed to change and you acted strange
And why I'll never know.\

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 to 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?







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