Recorded: November 7, 1960, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master of regular version is take 13.
Released master of the solo version is take 4.
Single:w/ "Surrender", 47-7850, February 7, 1961
Also released in "Living Stereo", 61-7850, February 1961
Also released as Compact 33 Single, 37-7850, February 1961 (the first 33rpm single released by RCA Victor)
Also released as "Living Stereo" Compact 33 Single, 68-7850, February 1961 (the only stereo 33rpm single by Elvis released by RCA Victor)
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0630, February 20, 1962
Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#32 on Billboard's Hot 100
#82 on Cash Box Top 100
1st LP release:
Regular Version: - February 1968 Solo Version:
- August 1991
For other versions, see Lyrics and Downloads section below.
(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Of the handful of fine tunes recorded for Wild In The Country, "Lonely Man" is a highlight. Elvis did two distinct versions, one with full instrumentation and backing vocals, and another "solo" version with just Elvis and an acoustic guitar. Both versions are appealing in their own way, each version showing off an attractive melody with Elvis in peak form on vocals. Too bad the song didn't make the final cut in the film, though!
I'll add some more later, but meanwhile check out the videos, music and links.
(What did the critics and fans say?)
"Lonely Man" is very fine indeed. It has great emotional appeal, and Presley's performance is one of the best of his career. A neglected song, it deserves to be better known.
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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
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