Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'
Elvis Aaron Presleywas an American singer, musician, and actor. One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".
However on this day in music, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare as well!
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" is a popular song with music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was written in 1926, first published in 1927 and most notably revived by Elvis Presleyin 1960.
The first charting version of, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was recorded by Blue Barron for MGM Records as catalog number 10628. The record first reached the Billboard pop chart on April 7, 1950 and lasted eight weeks there, peaking at number nineteen. This version introduced an additional spoken part to the song loosely based on Shakespeare's As You Like It using Jaques' speech on Act II Scene VII: "All the world's a stage, and all men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts." Only a few weeks after Barron's recording, Al Jolson recorded a version of the song on April 28, 1950. Decca Records released the song as aatalog number 27043 Jolson also included the spoken section.