"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" is a popular song with music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was written in 1926, first published in 1927 and most notably revived by Elvis Presley in April 1960. Presley's version has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Recorded on April 4, 1960 along with "I Gotta Know", and engineered by Nashville sound pioneer Bill Porter. For this recording, he played on Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar . Reportedly, Colonel Parker (it was one of his wife's favorite songs) persuaded Elvis to record his own rendition of this song. Elvis' version was based on the Blue Barron Orchestra version from 1950 with spoken segment.
Elvis Presley cut 12 songs at the RCA Victor studio in Nashville - his second session since returning from the Army. During the one number, “Are You Lonesome Tonight" the studio lights were turned off to set the mood for the song. Elvis was backed by the Jordanaires. The Elvis cover went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of 1960, peaking at number one on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks and peaking at number three on the R&B charts. ~Source Wikipedia