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For the 2007 film, see Mister Lonely.
"Mr. Lonely"
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Roses Are Red
B-side "It's Better To Have Loved"
Released 1964
Recorded 1962
Genre Pop
Length 2:40
Label Epic
Writer(s) Bobby Vinton, Gene Allen
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Clinging Vine"
"Mr. Lonely"
"The Bell That Couldn't Jingle"

"Mr. Lonely" is a song co-written and recorded by Bobby Vinton. The song featured originally as part of Vinton's album Roses Are Red during 1962. Later that year, Buddy Greco recorded a version of the song using a very similar musical arrangement as Vinton's version. Greco's single release scored #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during November 1962. Vinton's recording was included on his Greatest Hits album during 1964 autumn and concurrently issued as a single, scoring #1 on the Billboard chart during December of that year.

The song describes a soldier who is sent overseas and has no communication with his home; the singer laments his condition and wishes for someone to talk with. The single of Vinton's recording was released just as the Vietnam War was escalating; many soldiers were experiencing a similar situation, which may have increased the song's popularity. During 1966, Vinton and Gene Allan re-teamed to compose a sequel song, "Coming Home Soldier", which scored #11 on the Billboard chart.

During 1967, former Yugoslav beat band Zlatni Dečaci recorded a Serbian language cover version of the song, entitled "Sam".[1] Philippine singer Victor Wood made a bilingual version of the song, alternating the original lyrics with Filipino ones. This particular cover version became popular in the Philippines and gave some fame to the entertainer. In 2005, Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon borrowed and sampled lyrics from this song for his 2005 hit single "Lonely", which features on his debut studio album Trouble. This song uses a sped-up sample of the earlier song.

Cultural references[edit]

Preceded by
"Ringo" by Lorne Greene
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 12, 1964 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Come See About Me" by The Supremes


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Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:21:21 -0700

Starting from Akon famously declaring that in his song Lonely, Lonely, I'm Mr Lonely, I have nobody to call of my own. Even though the latter part of the lyrics make amply clear it's because of his girl walking out, the start of the song is sure to ...

Toronto Star

Page Six
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 03:34:01 -0700

“I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely,' ” Rivers wrote in her book, “I Hate Everyone . . . Starting with Me,'' referring to Vinton's signature tune. Vinton, 79, said she was just busting his chops after repeatedly opening for him ...

Attleboro Sun Chronicle

Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 20:35:01 -0700

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - One of the greatest singers of love songs in the rock era, Bobby Vinton continues to perform despite turning 80 in April. And it has become a family affair for the pop singer as three of his five children - his daughters Hannah ...
American Thinker (blog)
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:30:06 -0800

Back in the days of "hope & change" and "we're the change we've been wating for," many of us asked a simple question: who is this guy Obama? Can you find a college mate? Can we see what courses he took in college? Why did he vote "present" so often in ...

Jewish Daily Forward

Jewish Daily Forward
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0800

I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine ...


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:03:49 -0800

At the Brave Bull, for instance, Patrick spies "Mr. Lonely" down the bar, projecting details from his own past onto a man he's never met. "Getting drunk, probably snuck out of his parents' house, wearing his sister's jeans, thinking about killing ...

Creative Loafing Tampa

Creative Loafing Tampa
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:03:38 -0800

The 85th fest's Headline Entertainment gets rolling in 2015 at 3:30 p.m. with vintage pop-lounge croons by Bobby Vinton (“Blue Velvet,” “Mr. Lonely”). Purveyors of Southern rock-fried bluegrassy country sounds, Alabama, headline the evening's sounds ...
Herald Scotland
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0800

Mr Lonely, by Eric Morecambe. Published in 1981, this is about a rather dislikeable comedian called Sid. That it was a tragicomedy suggests this was not a career of ceaseless mirth as his routines would have you believe. Morecambe planned to write more ...

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