Like millions and millions of people, my dad’s favorite entertainer of ALL-TIME is Elvis Presley. Elvis represents that rebel that I described earlier; the one full of stubbornness, the one who was unyielding, and the one who was just plain willful. Elvis became the role-model for all young people who needed a hero to represent their cause. Those who did not appreciate Elvis, during the time when he turned the world upside down, COULD NOT understand the rest of Elvis; the Elvis that was also full of compassion and determination; the Elvis that represented the willingness to evolve and buck the trends; the Elvis who was inspired and knew that he came upon something very important. Thus, unlike those before him, Elvis discovered the wisdom to create his own path and became the King of Rock-n-Roll.
As far as I’m concerned, my dad is Elvis. As far as I’m concerned, my dad accomplished everything that Elvis did. The only difference is that my dad is not recognized for his accomplishments. I’ll get into that next week with another Elvis cover. But, for now, I’m kicking off my series of Elvis covers with Elvis Presley’s number one hit from 1960:“It’s Now or Never”. It’s perfect for my declaration. It’s perfect for my dad.
"It's Now or Never" is a popular song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960. The melody of the song is borrowed from the Italian standard, "'O Sole Mio", but the inspiration for it came from the song, "There's No Tomorrow", recorded by U.S. singer, Tony Martin, in 1949. In the late 1950s, while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, Presley heard Martin's recording and put to tape a private version of the song. Upon his discharge, Presley requested that new lyrics be written especially for him, a job that was undertaken by the songwriting duo of Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold, with a demo by David Hill. In 1960, "It's Now or Never" was a number-one record in the U.S. and the UK, where it spent nine weeks at the top, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, his biggest international single ever. Its UK release was delayed for some time because of rights issues, allowing the song to build up massive advance orders and to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one, a very rare occurrence at the time. "It's Now or Never" peaked at number seven on the R&B charts.
Barry White heard this song in 1960 when he was in jail for
stealing tires. The song had such an impact on White, that it convinced him to pursue a career in music.