Are You Lonesome Tonight?—L. Handman/R. Turk, 1926 (Recorded August 17, 2012) In honor of the day after the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, I recorded this tune. I’d wager that not many people realize the song was written 34 years before Elvis’s 1960 smash hit. Its composer, Roy Turk is well known for having written many standard tunes back in the early part of the 20th Century: “Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh?”; “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)”; “Mean to Me”; and Bing Crosby’s unofficial theme, “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day.”
Here’s to you, Elvis. And Roy. And lyricist Lou Handman. And everyone else who might be lonesome tonight.