Song: Have You Ever Been Lonely

Written by Peter De Rose, Billy Hill

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.

Recordings of this song:

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recording details  Teresa Brewer save license this
recording details  Patsy Cline save license this
recording details  Jill Corey save license this
recording details  Lenny Dee save license this
recording details  Tom Jones save license this
recording details  Nelli Lutcher save license this
recording details  Ray Noble with Al Bowlly save license this
recording details  Jim Reeves with Patsy Cline save license this
recording details  Keely Smith save license this
recording details  Ernest Tubb save license this
recording details  Ernest Tubb and Mel Tillis save license this
recording details  Slim Whitman save license this