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Release Date: The song was originally recorded on April 4, 1960, and it was released as a single on November 1, 1960.

Album: It was not initially included on any studio album but has since been featured on various Elvis Presley compilation albums.

Genre: Pop, Rock and Roll

Songwriters: The song was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. It was first published in 1926.

Background: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” is one of Elvis Presley’s most iconic and enduring songs. The song’s origins date back to the 1920s when it was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. However, it was Elvis’s rendition that made it a worldwide hit. Elvis’s version of the song features his signature smooth and emotive vocals, accompanied by a gentle melody. It is a poignant and reflective ballad that explores themes of love, loneliness, and longing. The song’s lyrics ask if the listener is feeling lonely and missing someone, and it touches on the idea that love can be both joyful and fleeting.

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Chart Performance: The song was a massive success for Elvis Presley. It reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960, staying there for six weeks. It also topped the UK Singles Chart, making it a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Legacy: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” remains one of Elvis Presley’s most beloved and enduring songs. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years and continues to be a staple of Elvis’s legacy. The song’s popularity has endured for decades, and it is often regarded as one of the greatest ballads in the history of popular music. Elvis’s emotional and heartfelt delivery of the song is a testament to his status as the “King of Rock and Roll.” This classic song has been featured in various films, television shows, and commercials, ensuring its continued presence in popular culture.

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Lyrics

Are you lonesome tonight
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
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’re lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world’s a stage
And each of us must play a part
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweetheart
Act one was where we met
I loved you at first glance
You read your lines 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 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

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

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