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The Number Ones: Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”
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Bob Roman
2018-12-02 19:44:04 UTC
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A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”
HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks

When Elvis Presley was in the Army and stationed in Germany, he heard “There’s No Tomorrow,” a 1949 single from the pop belter Tony Martin that used the melody of “O Sole Mio,” the old Italian song. Presley liked the idea so much that he told his publisher he wanted a song like that of his own. So the songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold reportedly spent half an hour banging out some lyrics that would fit the “O Sole Mio” melody. The resulting song, “It’s Now Or Never,” was one of the biggest sellers of Presley’s career. In the UK, “It’s Now Or Never” was so beloved that it hit #1 twice — first in 1960, and then again after a 2005 reissue.

“It’s Now Or Never” remains a prime example of what Presley could do in his cheeseball-entertainer period. It’s not the threatening, sex-addled yawp of Presley’s early years. It’s softer and sweeter. The backbeat is a more ornate take on Presley’s old R&B thump, with little flourishes of piano and Spanish guitar. It sounds like it’s striving for fanciness, which is probably exactly what was happening.

But what carries the song isn’t the arrangement. As with practically every Presley song, it’s Presley’s vocal. Presley sang “It’s Now Or Never” in a higher register than he usually used, enunciating a little more clearly, and it’s just a masterful performance. You can hear the clear joy he takes in belting out this tune, especially when he reaches the last line and the urgency suddenly jumps up about 10 notches. Elvis could sing, you know?

GRADE: 7/10
Dennis C
2018-12-02 19:58:32 UTC
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I give this a 4 only because it enabled John Schneider the opportunity to take this song to the butcher's block!!
Roger Ford
2018-12-02 20:43:46 UTC
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On Sun, 2 Dec 2018 11:44:04 -0800 (PST), Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit =
#1 in the Billboard Hot 100.
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HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks
I hated the kind of pseudo-operatic style that Elvis adopted for this
song in the same way that I hated Jackie Wilson's even more flamboyant
style on "Night" and "Alone At Last". The best thing about this Elvis
record was flipping it over and playing the infinitely better "A Mess
Of Blues".

Here in the UK "It's Now Or Never" ran into copyright problems and was
shelved for months leaving to RCA here releasing "Girl Of My Best
Friend"/"A Mess Of Blues" in the meantime until the problems were
eventually solved.

Here's how Elvis did with it in the 1960 Singles Battle

R1
9 B.B King - Walking Doctor Bill - Kent 350
19 Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never - RCA 47-7777
R2
19 Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never - RCA 47-7777
12 LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks - You're The Boss - Atlantic 2090
R3
18 Chuck Berry - Let It Rock - Chess 1747
16 Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never - RCA 47-7777
Ever since these #1 record posts started with Ricky Nelson's "Poor
Little Fool" there has not been a SINGLE ONE that got past Round Six
in their various yearly Battles.NONE made it even to the Quarter
Finals.

In a day or so that should all change.........................

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t***@iwvisp.com
2018-12-03 17:04:07 UTC
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True, and I don’t mean thisnegativelyin any way, but your comparing the results of a nation of millions of record buyers and radio listeners to a handful of dedicated R&B junkies who participated in your contests.

Ray
Mark Dintenfass
2018-12-03 02:16:13 UTC
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Post by Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1
in the Billboard Hot 100.
Elvis Presley¹s ³It¹s Now Or Never²
HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks
When Elvis Presley was in the Army and stationed in Germany, he heard
³There¹s No Tomorrow,² a 1949 single from the pop belter Tony Martin that
used the melody of ³O Sole Mio,² the old Italian song. Presley liked the idea
so much that he told his publisher he wanted a song like that of his own. So
the songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold reportedly spent half an hour
banging out some lyrics that would fit the ³O Sole Mio² melody. The resulting
song, ³It¹s Now Or Never,² was one of the biggest sellers of Presley¹s
career. In the UK, ³It¹s Now Or Never² was so beloved that it hit #1 twice ‹
first in 1960, and then again after a 2005 reissue.
³It¹s Now Or Never² remains a prime example of what Presley could do in his
cheeseball-entertainer period. It¹s not the threatening, sex-addled yawp of
Presley¹s early years. It¹s softer and sweeter. The backbeat is a more ornate
take on Presley¹s old R&B thump, with little flourishes of piano and Spanish
guitar. It sounds like it¹s striving for fanciness, which is probably exactly
what was happening.
But what carries the song isn¹t the arrangement. As with practically every
Presley song, it¹s Presley¹s vocal. Presley sang ³It¹s Now Or Never² in a
higher register than he usually used, enunciating a little more clearly, and
it¹s just a masterful performance. You can hear the clear joy he takes in
belting out this tune, especially when he reaches the last line and the
urgency suddenly jumps up about 10 notches. Elvis could sing, you know?
GRADE: 7/10
I'm with Roger on this one.
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Roger Ford
2018-12-03 15:11:17 UTC
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On Sun, 02 Dec 2018 20:16:13 -0600, Mark Dintenfass
Post by Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1
in the Billboard Hot 100.
Elvis Presley¹s ³It¹s Now Or Never²
HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks
When Elvis Presley was in the Army and stationed in Germany, he heard
³There¹s No Tomorrow,² a 1949 single from the pop belter Tony Martin that
used the melody of ³O Sole Mio,² the old Italian song.
In between the original "O Sole Mio" and "There's No Tomorrow" the
same melody was used for the hymn "Down From His Glory" written in
1921.

As "There's No Tomorrow" the song was revived several times before the
1960 "It's Now Or Never" rewrite. The Clovers released a dire version
in 1957 one of their least interesting records on Atlantic



and Gomer Pyle himself had his alter ego Jimmy Nabors record an even
worse rendering for Roulette in 1958.



Even Sun Records in Memphis got in on the act with a mild rockin'
version by Rayburn Anthony in 1960 recorded only just before Elvis
recorded his updated version of the tune



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Eric Ramon
2018-12-03 07:55:00 UTC
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Post by Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”
HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks
When Elvis Presley was in the Army and stationed in Germany, he heard “There’s No Tomorrow,” a 1949 single from the pop belter Tony Martin that used the melody of “O Sole Mio,” the old Italian song. Presley liked the idea so much that he told his publisher he wanted a song like that of his own. So the songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold reportedly spent half an hour banging out some lyrics that would fit the “O Sole Mio” melody. The resulting song, “It’s Now Or Never,” was one of the biggest sellers of Presley’s career. In the UK, “It’s Now Or Never” was so beloved that it hit #1 twice — first in 1960, and then again after a 2005 reissue.
“It’s Now Or Never” remains a prime example of what Presley could do in his cheeseball-entertainer period. It’s not the threatening, sex-addled yawp of Presley’s early years. It’s softer and sweeter. The backbeat is a more ornate take on Presley’s old R&B thump, with little flourishes of piano and Spanish guitar. It sounds like it’s striving for fanciness, which is probably exactly what was happening.
But what carries the song isn’t the arrangement. As with practically every Presley song, it’s Presley’s vocal. Presley sang “It’s Now Or Never” in a higher register than he usually used, enunciating a little more clearly, and it’s just a masterful performance. You can hear the clear joy he takes in belting out this tune, especially when he reaches the last line and the urgency suddenly jumps up about 10 notches. Elvis could sing, you know?
GRADE: 7/10
for what it's worth, he just gave "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, a 9
Bill B
2018-12-03 11:15:33 UTC
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for what it's worth, he just gave "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, a 9
So low? :-)
SavoyBG
2018-12-03 15:07:38 UTC
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Post by Eric Ramon
Post by Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”
HIT #1: August 15, 1960
STAYED AT #1: 5 weeks
When Elvis Presley was in the Army and stationed in Germany, he heard “There’s No Tomorrow,” a 1949 single from the pop belter Tony Martin that used the melody of “O Sole Mio,” the old Italian song. Presley liked the idea so much that he told his publisher he wanted a song like that of his own. So the songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold reportedly spent half an hour banging out some lyrics that would fit the “O Sole Mio” melody. The resulting song, “It’s Now Or Never,” was one of the biggest sellers of Presley’s career. In the UK, “It’s Now Or Never” was so beloved that it hit #1 twice — first in 1960, and then again after a 2005 reissue.
“It’s Now Or Never” remains a prime example of what Presley could do in his cheeseball-entertainer period. It’s not the threatening, sex-addled yawp of Presley’s early years. It’s softer and sweeter. The backbeat is a more ornate take on Presley’s old R&B thump, with little flourishes of piano and Spanish guitar. It sounds like it’s striving for fanciness, which is probably exactly what was happening.
But what carries the song isn’t the arrangement. As with practically every Presley song, it’s Presley’s vocal. Presley sang “It’s Now Or Never” in a higher register than he usually used, enunciating a little more clearly, and it’s just a masterful performance. You can hear the clear joy he takes in belting out this tune, especially when he reaches the last line and the urgency suddenly jumps up about 10 notches. Elvis could sing, you know?
GRADE: 7/10
for what it's worth, he just gave "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, a 9
That's crazy!

It's only an 8.
Dean F.
2018-12-04 05:24:12 UTC
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Post by Eric Ramon
for what it's worth, he just gave "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, a 9
Breihan's musical opinions aren't worth the paper he writes them on.
Dennis C
2018-12-04 12:46:28 UTC
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All there needs to be said is during the weekend of Woodstock, the number one song in the land was "Sugar Sugar"

Dean Fiora would do well to have Andy Kim and Ron Dante as guests on his " Soul Express" show. He might just draw more than his usual eight ears listening in, baby!!
Dean F.
2018-12-05 03:44:17 UTC
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Dean Fiora would do well to have Andy Kim and Ron Dante as guests on his " Soul Express" show. He might just draw more than his usual eight ears listening in, baby!! >
I no longer argue with people like Dennis for the same reason I don't give medicine to corpses.
Dennis C
2018-12-05 14:03:58 UTC
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Oh Deanie!! Why don't go do an Umpa Lumpa cartwheel or a 3/4 James Brown split you meanie!!!
t***@iwvisp.com
2018-12-03 17:08:42 UTC
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I like this for two reasons, it showcased Elvis’ range and it was another predecessor of the power ballad.

Ray
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