I never appreciated just how many times this song has been covered until it popped randomly into my head today, I then spent a little bit of researching it.
I think the first version of ‘Lonely Avenue’ I heard was back in the late eighties when Ian Gillan and Roger Glover covered it on their album ‘Accidentally On Purpose,’ it then featured on the soundtrack to the film Rainman that same year.
It has also been performed by the likes of The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Los Lobos, Van Morrison and Joe Cocker but the list goes on.
Originally written by the American blues singer-songwriter Jerome Solon Felder (better known as Doc Pomus), this track became an instant R&B hit for Ray Charles in 1956 and proved to the turning point for Doc Pomus’ songwriting career. This is the version I am featuring for today’s song, I love it! Check it out above.
Pomus continued to write many rock and roll hits for various artists over the years and was subsequently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 1992, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.