Song: Have You Ever Been Lonely
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LONELY (Have You Ever Been Blue) was written by Billy Hill and Peter DeRose in 1933 and popularized by dance band leader Ted Lewis, whose recording climbed to No. 8 on the charts. The song was revived in 1948 by "Texas Troubadour" Ernest Tubb, who took the tune to No. 2 on the country charts. In 1981 HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LONELY returned to the country Top 10 in an unusual "electronic duet." Both Patsy Cline (who died in 1963) and Jim Reeves (who died in 1964) had recorded the song separately in the early `60s. By carefully combining parts of these two original recordings, famed producer Owen Bradley was able to create, in 1981, a "duet" between two deceased stars who had never actually sung together.