ELVIS PRESLEY–“IT’S NOW OR NEVER” / “A MESS OF BLUES”

Elvis Presley charted this legendary multi-million selling single record on July 18, 1960.  The record became his second #1 hit single after his return home from a two-year tour of duty in the US Army.  The first #1 was  STUCK ON YOU  in April of 1960 and just three months later,  IT’S NOW OR NEVER  began its climb up the Billboard Hot 100.

The melody of the song is adapted from the Italian standard  O SOLE MIO, but the inspiration for the song actually came from the song  THERE’S NO TOMORROW  a hit for Tony Martin, in 1949.  The writers of this great Elvis recording are Wally Gold and Aaron Schroeder.  The single record climbed right to the top of the Hot 100, holding the #1 spot for 5 weeks.  In the UK it spent 8 weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.  The single version of  IT’S NOW OR NEVER  sold over 25 million copies worldwide, his biggest international single record ever.  It charted at #7 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

In early 2005 the single was re-released in the UK and again became a #1 hit record on the UK Singles Chart for 1 week in February of 2005.

On July 25, 1960 the flip-side of  IT’S NOW OR NEVER…A MESS OF BLUES…made its Hot 100 chart debut.  The song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman charted at #32 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks.  It’s Elvis, at his bluesy best.  The huge success of  IT’S NOW OR NEVER  and its heavy air-play most likely cost  A MESS OF BLUES  some air time, or this wonderful blues recording most likely would have charted higher than it did.

Elvis would follow in November of 1960 with his third #1 hit single record of 1960…ARE YOU LONESOME TO-NIGHT?  Elvis was back in 1960 and his legend continued to grow…and continues to grow in 2011.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO..ELVIS PRESLEY SING..”IT’S NOW OR NEVER..and..A MESS OF BLUES.

It’s Now Or Never

A Mess Of Blues

Till the next time—Joe

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