During the early 1960s, Elvis began moving from a rock rockabilly/rock ‘n’ roll singer to more of a pop sound.
Elvis reached back into history for what would become one of his biggest hits. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was a number four hit for Vaughn Deleath during 1927. Elvis released his version during the fall of 1960 and it spent six weeks in the number one position on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was a slow ballad with a smoldering vocal that became one of his signature songs and would remain a part of his concert act for the rest of his life.