Elvis presley - it's now or never


Presley was rapidly expanding the range of his repertoire beyond his rock & roll, R&B, and rockabilly roots. As early as 1956, he had shown off his vocal abilities and ambition on tracks like "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." Perhaps spurred on by the dynamic, operatic vocals of his former Sun Records cohort Roy Orbison, Presley takes a similar approach to "Only the Lonely," Orbison's hit from the same year: He eases into the verses, his vocals quivering a bit on the haunting melody and lyrical theme, building it up to a full-throated roar on the chorus. It is a stunning effect. The dramatic delivery of the ballad is characteristic of romantic Italian folk and opera songs. Presley demonstrates that he also listened to Mario Lanza records. He was very proud of the long, high note at the end, a section that took him a few takes to get right. According to Peter Guralnick's Presley biography Careless Love (1999), the recording engineer Bill Porter offered to splice an ending onto another take of the song, but Presley refused, saying, "Bill, I'm going to do it all the way through, or I'm not going to do it." The Jordanaires, Presley's longtime backing vocalists, begin the song with a wall of layered harmonies, accompanied by a very Italian-sounding mandolin, or a guitar imitating a mandolin part. The band does an ample job of providing a vaguely Latin-tinged backing, with Jimmie Haskill on accordion, Dudley Brooks on piano, Ray Siegel on bass, . Fontana on drums, and Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews, and Presley himself on guitar. The original recording was a huge hit for Presley, spending five weeks at number one. It was not the first time that Presley had success with a number based on an Italian song; "Surrender" and "Love Me Tender" were similar rewrites.


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