"Lonely Weekends" might have an easygoing rockabilly-pop bounce and cheerful background vocals, but it can't hide Charlie Rich's despair at enduring another loveless weekend after gritting his way from Monday through Friday. J.M. Van Eaton's kick drum pattern was first heard on Rich's previous single, the spiritual "Big Man." As Van Eaton told it in the liner notes to The Complete Singles Plus: The Sun Years 1958-1963, Sun Records producer Sam Phillips "told Charlie, 'Now, man, if you can write a song with that same feel, then I think we'll have something!' That's when he wrote 'Lonely Weekends.'"