Billboard #1 Hits: #34: “It’s Now Or Never”- Elvis Presley. August 15, 1960 5 weeks at #1. Released on RCA Victor. Written by Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder and Eduardo di Capua. Genre: Pop. Time: 3:15. B-side:”A Mess Of Blues.” Grade: A+
Some Elvis Trivia to tell your friends- “It’s Now Or Never” was Elvis’s best selling single- selling 20 million copies and is one of the best selling singles of all time. It spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Chart- and across the pond spend 8 weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. ‘It’s Now Or Never” was based on an Italian song “O Sole mio.” Barry White would credit “It’s Now Or Never” as changing his life and becoming a singer after he was released from prison- he had been arrested for stealing tires. This is one of seventeen songs that songwriter Aaron Schroeder wrote for The King. According to Priscilla Presley “It’s Now Or Never” was Elvis’s favorite song of his. What a great vocal performance.