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Lonely Man

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus

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:
Elvis Gold Records, Volume 4 - February 1968
Solo Version: Collectors Gold - August 1991

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My Spin

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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!

Other Spins

(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.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Soulful ballad recorded for Wild In The Country, but cut from the film.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Lonely Man" Lyrics and Downloads

It's a lonely man who wanders all around
It's a lonely man who roams from town to town
Searching, always searching for something he can't find
Hoping, always hoping that some day fate will be kind

It's a lonely man who travels all alone
When he has no one that he can call his own

Always so unhappy taking shelter where he can
Here I am, come meet a lonely, lonely man

Always so unhappy taking shelter where he can
Here I am, come meet a lonely, lonely man

Here I am, come meet a lonely, lonely man
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Yea! Nice Early '60s Ballad!

Nay! Searching For Something He Can't Find!

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