1972 James Taylor – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

“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 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on January 13, 1973. It also reached #3 Easy Listening. In Canada, the song reached #18 on the Pop Singles chart and #7 AC.

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). Taylor re-recorded the song for the 2001 Michael Brecker album Nearness of You: The Ballad Book; this rendition won Taylor the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2002.

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.




BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
SaxMichael Brecker
PianoCraig Doerge
PercussionRuss Kunkel
VocalsJames Taylor

Produced By

Peter Asher


James Taylor


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