Country legends Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline were among the several stars who had died of a plane crash. Cline went ahead in 1963 at the age of 30 while Reeves followed the year after. He was 40. Each has their respective recording careers as solo artists. But, they never really had the chance to record together during their lifetime. Before their tragic death, they both recorded their solo version of the popular song “Have You Ever Been Lonely?” in 1961. Their singles were both released on different albums. Exactly two decades later, producer Owen Bradley, with whom Cline has originally worked, oversaw their solo vocal performances. Lifting these off their original stereo tapes, Bradley synchronized them and came up with a new record. The electronically-created track dropped in the fall of 1981. At the onset of the following year (1982), the record hit No. 5 on Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. At the same time, it topped the RPM Magazine Country Singles chart.
Listen below to the electronically-created duet of Reeves and Cline for “Have You Ever Been Lonely?”
Before Reeves and Cline, there have been at least five artists to record “Have You Ever Been Lonely.” In 1933, a year after Billy Hill and Peter De Rose composed the song, Ted Lewis and Ray Noble were the first to record it. After more than a decade, Ernest Tubb‘s version was a No. 2 hit on the country chart in 1949. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the song was repeatedly covered by many other artists. Among them were Jaye P. Morgan, Karen Chandler, and Jerry Cooper (1955), Buddy Holly (1957), Teresa Brewer, The Browns with Jim Ed Brown (1960), Warner Mack (1962), Caravelles (1964), Bobby Vinton (1965), Dave Dudley (1966), and Jim Ed Brown (without The Browns).
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Have You Ever Been Lonely, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline