The Elvis Presley single that soared to number one in 1960 146



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The song was originally written in the 1920s and recorded several times before the rock n’ roll superstar, Elvis Presley, made it an immediate success. In fact, RCA Records executives were hesitant to release the track because they didn’t think it fit Presley’s new style. Fortunately, it became the highest selling single of 1960 and stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.

It is perhaps the most popular version of this track, played on an acoustic guitar. It was certified gold in 1961 and upgraded to double platinum in 1992 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The song became a staple for Presley’s live performances. He would frequently change to more humorous lines, such as “Now the stage is bare, and you’ve lost your hair”, which he delivered in a charming way.

It is still a track we can all croon to today.

Have a listen to “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley below:

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  1. Elvis is still the King and always will be. Have all his recordings

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    • Roy Orbison was the real king !!

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      • Roy rocked for sure and had a great voice , but come on he was no Presley… If Elvis did not happen the Roy would have filled his spot but other wise Elvis was and will always be the King of Rock n Roll…

    • No one can ever come near Elvis Presley, was, is and always will be, THE KING of Rock and Roll.

  2. I watched him last night and he was so gorgeous when young, even though I didn’t like all his music. Later he just seemed to balloon. I’m sure they said he died at 41. What a loss!!

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  3. Elvis was the king of music when alive and now his music still lives on with all of our memories we have of him.

  4. Sure do remember singing along. We went to the drive-in to see all of his movies as Mum was a huge fan!!

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