After he recorded this song, Epic Records refused to release it, preferring to offer it to Buddy Greco, who was another artist in their stable. Greco's version stalled at #64 in the US in 1962, and that looked like the end of "Mr. Lonely." However, when Epic Records scheduled the release of a greatest hits LP for Vinton, the singer insisted upon the inclusion of his mothballed recording of this song. It became a hit quickly after the release of the LP, and as with "Blue Velvet
," the single was released in response to popular demand.