Are You Lonesome Tonight?

17 08 2012

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.


(I’m Still Without a Sweetheart) With Summer Coming On

11 05 2011

(I’m Still Without a Sweetheart) With Summer Coming On—R. Turk/F.E. Ahlert, 1932 (Recorded May 11, 2011) I’m not sure what it is with long, leading song subtitles in parentheses, but this seldom-heard Roy Turk–Fred Ahlert waltz is worthy of all excessive pronouncement. Bing sang it, and so did Ruth Etting.