|On Stage|Memorializers|Elvis Presley
He earned the title "King of Rock and Roll," and he payed homage to the original King of entertainment in a 1960 recording that many think is the original version of the song. Just where Elvis heard the Jolson recording of this song is unknown, but by tempo, tone, and arrangement, it is clear that he was paying tribute to the World's Greatest Entertainer when he recorded the song. Click here or on the photo of Elvis to hear his version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
If you'd like to compare this version to the Jolson original, recorded in 1950, check the Permanent Collection, where you can hear Al Jolson singing the same song.
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Updated 10 Sep 00