Written by George Brown and Peter DeRose
Recorded by Patsy Cline August 24 1961
"Have You Ever Been Lonely?" is a popular song with music by Peter De Rose and lyrics by Billy Hill (writing under the name of George Brown), published in 1932. It has been recorded by many singers, becoming a standard.
The most familiar version of "Have You Ever Been Lonely?" is an electronically-created "duet" featuring country music singers Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline, who had both died in separate plane crashes (Cline in 1963, Reeves in 1964) and had never recorded together during their lifetimes. In 1961, both singers recorded their own solo versions of the song and released it to various albums.
In 1981, producers Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley – who produced Reeves and Cline, respectively – lifted their solo vocal performances off their original stereo tapes, resynchronized them and recorded a new digital backing track for the song. The song was released in the fall of 1981, and in January 1982 became a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and a No. 1 hit on the RPM Magazine Country Singles chart.