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For the albums, see Lonely Avenue (Ben Folds and Nick Hornby album) and Lonely Avenue (Freddie McCoy album).
|Single by Ray Charles|
|from the album Yes Indeed!|
|B-side||"Leave My Woman Alone"|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|
|Producer(s)||Ahmet Ertegün, Jerry Wexler|
|Ray Charles singles chronology|
|Song by Van Morrison from the album Too Long in Exile|
|Released||June 8, 1993|
|Recorded||The Wool Hall Studios, Bath, England|
|Too Long in Exile track listing|
"Lonely Avenue" is a popular song written by Doc Pomus that became a rhythm and blues hit for Ray Charles in 1956. The song drew the attention of the music business to Doc Pomus, who had previously had little success as a songwriter.
- Joe Cocker regularly performs the song during his live shows.
- Lee Dorsey covers this song on his 1982 compilation album All Ways Funky.
- Stanley Turrentine performed an instrumental version on his 1968 album Common Touch.
- Van Morrison covered this song on his 1993 album Too Long in Exile, and later included it in the double live album A Night in San Francisco as the first song in a medley that lasted just under 15 minutes. Biographer John Collis says "The 15-minute sequence billed as "Lonely Avenue/4 O'Clock in the Morning (Try for Sleep)", does indeed begin with the Pomus song and includes the Morrison blues in the title, but also wheels on Jimmy Witherspoon for his own medley and also throws in passing quotes from "Be Bop a Lula", Sly Stewart's "Family Affair" (with Jonn Savannah contributing a falsetto) and Roy Orbison's "Down the Line" among other references."
- The Animals covered it on the 1977 reunion album Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
- Los Lobos covered it on Till the Night is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus released March 28, 1995. It is also included in the Los Lobos box set El Cancionero Mas y Mas on Disc 3.
- Colin James released the song on his album Colin James & The Little Big Band 3.
- Stephen Marley covered the song on his album Mind Control.
- John Hermann of Widespread Panic covered the song on his 2001 album Smiling Assassin. The version features Widespread Panic front man John Bell.
- Jimi Hendrix recorded a version in 1969 which was released in 2010 on the compilation West Coast Seattle Boy.
- Pete Kember covered the song on his 1990 debut solo LP Spectrum.
- Tav Falco's Panther Burns included a version of this song on their 1994 album on Marilyn, Deep in the Shadows.
- Booker T. & the M.G.'s included an instrumental cover of the song on the album Green Onions.
- Taj Mahal (musician) covered the song on the album Phantom Blues in 1996.
- Diana Krall covered the song on the album Glad Rag Doll in 2012.
- The Blues Band covered the song on the album Ready in 1980.
- Ian Gillan in Gillan & Glover covered the song on the album Accidentally on Purpose in 1988. The track appeared on the soundtrack to Rain Man featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.
- "Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman". www.history-of-rock. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- "Heart of the Matter — Doc Pomus Blues". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- Collis, John (1996). Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. Little Brown and Company. p. 182. ISBN 0-306-80811-0.