Oh Lonesome Me

For the Don Gibson album, see Oh Lonesome Me (album).
"Oh Lonesome Me"
Single by Don Gibson
from the album Oh Lonesome Me
B-side "I Can't Stop Loving You"
Released December 1957
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:26
Label RCA Victor 7133
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Don Gibson singles chronology
"Sweet Dreams"
"Oh Lonesome Me"
"Blue Blue Day"
"Oh Lonesome Me"
Single by The Kentucky Headhunters
from the album Pickin' on Nashville
B-side "My Daddy Was a Milkman"
Released 1990
Format 7" single
Genre Country/Southern rock
Length 3:12
Label Mercury 450-7
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer(s) The Kentucky Headhunters
The Kentucky Headhunters singles chronology
"Dumas Walker"
"Oh Lonesome Me"
"Rock 'n' Roll Angel"

"Oh Lonesome Me" is a popular song written and recorded in December 1957 by Don Gibson with Chet Atkins[1] producing it for RCA Victor in Nashville. Released in 1958, the song topped the country chart for eight non-consecutive weeks in addition to reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Its B-side was "I Can't Stop Loving You", which peaked at No. 7 on the C&W Jockey charts and became a standard song about unrequited love.[3] The vocal backings on both songs were provided by the Jordanaires.

The Kentucky Headhunters version

The song was covered by The Kentucky Headhunters in 1990. Their version went to number 8, which was the band's highest-peaking single.[4]

Chart performance

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 19
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 8

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 73

Cover versions


  1. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 - Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 157. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  3. Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. pp. 108109. ISBN 0-306-80683-5.
  4. Whitburn, p. 223
  5. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7997." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 18, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. "The Kentucky Headhunters – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Kentucky Headhunters.
  7. "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  8. Whitburn, p. 84
  9. Chart Stats - Images - Singles - 3279.jpg
  10. Chart Stats - Craig Douglas - Og Lonesome Me
  11. Larry Finnegan, "Oh Lonesome Me" single release Retrieved June 25, 2015
  12. Whitburn, p. 203
Preceded by
"Ballad of a Teenage Queen" by Johnny Cash
C&W Best Sellers in Stores
number one single

April 14, 1958 - May 26, 1958
June 16, 1958
Succeeded by
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers
"Guess Things Happen That Way" by Johnny Cash
Preceded by
by Ferlin Husky
Billboard C&W Best Sellers in Stores
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"The Battle of New Orleans"
by Johnny Horton
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