Mr. Lonely

Album: Roses Are Red (1962)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • The fourth and last of the #1 singles by Vinton, this is the only one that was not a cover. Vinton wrote the song with Gene Allan, a songwriter who worked for Don Kirshner's Aldon Music.
  • This was recorded in the make-or-break session in which Vinton recorded "Roses Are Red (My Love)," in 1962. His label, Epic Records, was going to drop him if he did not produce a hit. Said Vinton: "I wrote the song when I was in the Army, and when I did my first recording session - which was 'Roses Are Red' - the producers asked if I had any songs of my own. I played them 'Mr. Lonely' and they loved it."
  • 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.
  • This remains Vinton's favorite recording. It has endured through numerous cover versions. Frank Chacksfield, Franky B., The Lettermen, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Red Squares and The Village Stompers all recorded the song. Akon's 2005 hit Lonely is based on a sample of this song.

Comments: 9

  • Carol B from Lancaster ScWho was the boy in Bobby Vinton's Mr lonely video? Bobby Vinton was in my day...beautiful inside and out
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 20th 1966, Bobby Vinton performed "Coming Home Soldier" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    At the time the song was at #73 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and seven weeks later on January 1st, 1967 it peaked at #11 {for 3 weeks} and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It was written by Bobby Vinton and Gene Allan as a sequel to his #1 hit "Mr. Lonely"*; which reached #1 {for 1 week} on December 6th, 1964...
    Between 1962 and 1980 he had forty-four records make the Top 100 chart; nine made the Top 10 with four reaching #1, besides “Mr. Lonely” the three others were “Roses Are Red (My Love)’ {for 4 weeks in 1962}, "Blue Velvet" {for 3 weeks in 1963}, and "There! I've Said It Again" {for 4 weeks in 1964}…
    Mr. Vinton, born Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr., will celebrate his 80th birthday in five months on April 16th {2015}...
    * "Mr. Lonely" was also penned by Bobby Vinton and Gene Allan.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 24th 1964, Bobby Vinton performed "Mr. Lonely" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    The very next day on October 25th, 1964* it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #70...
    Following "Mr. Lonely" Mr. Vinton's next two charted records also were of a 'lonely' nature: "Long Lonely Nights" {peaked at #17} and then came "L-O-N-E-L-Y" {it reached #22}...
    * In one of my posts below I stated that the song entered the Top 100 on October 31st, 1964; but Billboard Magazine publishes their charts for 'the week ending' and that day is a Saturday, so entries actually enter the chart on the Sunday before.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 19th, 1964, Bobby Vinton performed a medley of three of his #1 records; "Blue Velvet," "Roses Are Red (My Love)," and "There! I've Said It Again" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    He had one other #1, "Mr. Lonely", which peaked for one week later in 1964...
    At the time of his appearance on 'Sullivan' he was in his 4th and final week at #1 with the "There!" record, the very next week the Beatles started their run of 14 consecutive weeks in the top spot with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (7 weeks), "She Loves You" (2 weeks), and "Can't Buy Me Love" (5 weeks).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 2nd, 1964 Bobby Vinton performed "Mr. Lonely" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Two months earlier on October 31st it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 12th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill (Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013), Mr. Vinton turns 79 this coming April 16th, 2014, and Mr. Greco, born Armando Greco, will celebrate his 88th birthday next year on August 14th, 2014.
  • Vinícius from Fortaleza, BrazilThis song talks about a man who is isolated from the society and no one knows him, that's why It's called "Mr. Lonely"
  • Alan from Grande Prairie, Alberta, CanadaI believe Mr. Lonely was the last American recorded song to go to #1 before the Beatles hit the charts.
  • Alex from -, AustraliaIn 2005, the R & B artist Akon, requested that that this Vinton classic could be reworked into his new release cover, and succesfully released the chart topping; "Lonely".
  • Steve from Salt Lake City, UtThe artist Bobby Vinton did not want to mention who Epic gave this song to instead of him is Buddy Grecco, a more middle aged MOR crooner.
    His version is quite lackluster tho I believe the backing track is exactly the same. Sorry for name dropping your nemesis!
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