This is the first song I thought of when it came to songs with spoken parts. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was written in 1926 by Roy Turk and Lou Handman and recorded by several vaudeville acts. It was Colonel Tom Parker’s wife’s favorite song, and when Elvis returned from the Army in 1960, Parker had him record it. RCA executives wouldn’t release it, thinking that it didn’t fit Presley’s publicized style. When it was finally released in November 1960, it was an immediate hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100, the Cash Box hot singles chart, and the R&B chart in the US, as well as #1 in the UK, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, and Spain.