Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, from his 1972 album . It was released as the lead single from the album, and peaked at #14 on the One Man Dog Billboard charts on January 13, 1973.
The song has been included on three of Taylor's greatest-hits collection albums:
(1976), Greatest Hits (1987) and Classic Songs (2003). The Best of James Taylor
It has been covered by various pop and jazz artists, notably
The Isley Brothers and Isaac Hayes, along with saxophonist Boney James, whose cover was also released as a single.
Reception [ edit ]
reviewer Bill Janovitz wrote that the song is "a stunning example of the AllMusic Tin Pan Alley-type of jazzy romantic ballad", and that the song's lyrics, about "a betrayed lover who allows his lonely heart to control his head", were unusual in that songs on that theme were usually performed by female artists. [1 ]
Covers and samples [ edit ]
The song has been recorded by the following artists:
Johnny Mathis, on (1973) Me and Mrs. Jones
Liza Minnelli, on (1973), her best-selling album The Singer
The Isley Brothers, on their platinum-selling album (1973). This version was done in 12/8 time, with a 3 + 3 rhythm and blues feel.
Nancy Wilson, on (1975) Come Get to This
Isaac Hayes, on (1978), in a 10-minute, funk-infused version with a long instrumental introduction. The instrumental portion has been sampled in songs including " For the Sake of Love You Keep Leading Me On" by Mona Lisa (1996), " Rhyme No More" by Jay-Z (1997), " It's All Mo' Thug" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (1997) and "Lovin You (On My Mind)" by Slim Thug featuring Z-Ro (2013). [2 ]
Oleta Adams, on (1992) Evolution
Eric Clapton, on (2001) Reptile
Joe Cocker, on (2005) Heart & Soul Jazz saxophonist
Boney James, on (2009). Vocals were by Send One Your Love Quinn, in a style similar to the Isley Brothers' version. It was released as a single, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2010, losing to Beyoncé's cover of " At Last".
Garth Brooks, on The Melting Pot album of the compilation box set (2013) Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" has also been performed live by artists including
George Benson and Pat Metheny.
References [ edit ]