Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

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For The Band Perry song, see Don't Let Me Be Lonely.
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
Single by James Taylor
from the album One Man Dog
B-side "Woh, Don't You Know"
Released November 1972
Format 7"
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:34
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) James Taylor
Producer(s) Peter Asher
James Taylor singles chronology
"Long Ago and Far Away"
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
"One Man Parade"

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, from his 1972 album One Man Dog. It was released as the lead single from the album, and peaked at #14 on the Billboard charts on January 13, 1973.

The song has been included on three of Taylor's greatest-hits collection albums: Greatest Hits (1976), Classic Songs (1987) and The Best of James Taylor (2003).

It has been recorded by various pop and jazz artists, notably The Isley Brothers and Isaac Hayes, along with saxophonist Boney James, whose version was also released as a single.


AllMusic reviewer Bill Janovitz wrote that the song is "a stunning example of the 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:

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" has also been performed live by artists including George Benson and Pat Metheny.