"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
was originally recorded several times in 1927, first by Charles
Hart, with successful versions by Vaughn De Leath, Henry Burr,
and the duet of Jerry Macy and John Ryan. In 1950 the Blue
Barron Orchestra version reached the Top 20 in the United
States. In April 1960, after Presley's two-year service in the
U.S.Army, he recorded the song at the suggestion of manager
Colonel Tom Parker; "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was Parker's
wife, Marie Mott's, favorite song. Its release was delayed by
RCA executives, who thought the song did not fit Presley's new
(and publicized) style. Finally "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
jumps at no.1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, Belgium, and Spain. Unforgettable is Presley's
live-version of that song, called the "Laughing Version", from
the midnight show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on
August 26, 1969.