EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘It’s Now or Never’ – Elvis Presley

What was the number one song in the UK on 3rd November 1960?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Elvis is here again with It’s Now or Never, which stayed at the top spot for 8 weeks.

JUST ONE CORNETTO, GIVE IT TO MEEEEEE! Come on, you’re singing that too, aren’t you? Superior ice creams aside, It’s Now or Never is a very catchy tune with a distinctive latin vibe and ever so slightly demanding lyrics. It is Presley’s best ever selling single and was the best selling song in 1960.

Wikipedia

“It’s Now or Never” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and released as a single in 1960.

The song is the best-selling single by Presley (20 million copies), and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was recorded by Bill Porter at RCA Studio B in Nashville. It is written in E major and has a tempo of 80 BPM.

In 1960, “It’s Now or Never” was a number-one record in the U.S. for Elvis Presley, spending five weeks at number one and the UK, where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, Elvis Presley’s biggest international single ever. Its British 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.

Lyrics

“It’s now or never,
Come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
Be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
It’s now or never
My love won’t wait.
When I first saw you
With your smile so tender
My heart was captured,
My soul surrendered
I’d spend a lifetime
Waiting for the right time
Now that you’re near
The time is here at last.
It’s now or never,
Come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
Be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
It’s now or never
My love won’t wait.
Just like a willow,
We would cry an ocean
If we lost true love
And sweet devotion
Your lips excite me,
Let your arms invite me
For who knows when
We’ll meet again this way
It’s now or never,
Come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
Be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
It’s now or never
My love won’t wait.”

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Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.
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