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It's now or never ( o sole mio )

COVERED BY ELVIS

Sole mio - it's Now Or Never


recording date elvis: Sunday 3 april,1960;studio
first release: on audio single it's now or never ( july,1960 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: 47 7777

originally by: Francesco Daddi

recording date: november 1901
originally written by: Eduardo Di Capua;Alfredo Mazzucchi
catalognumber: 532
label: zon-o-phone



What counts as an original? Elvis liked a 1949 Tony Martin number called "There's No Tomorrow" and recorded private versions of the song whilst on army service in Germany. But "There's No Tomorrow" was itself based on a much older Italian number called "O Sole Mio," which was written in 1898 by Di Capua when he was travelling in the Ukraine. In 1973, documents were presented to the Italian court, showing that Mazzucchi was co-author of the number.
Just three years after its composition, the Italian tenor Francesco Daddi made a recording of "O Sole Mio" at the end of 1901 in Milan for Zonophone (matrix 532), which was released, probably in 1902, on the Gramophone label, number 52271. Daddi was born in 1864 and made his stage debut in Milan in 1891. He became the foremost tenor in Italy, but moved to the USA in 1907 to perform at the Manhattan Opera. Later he performed comic bass roles in Chicago until 1920. Daddi died in 1945.
New lyrics were provided for Elvis by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold and a demo was made by David Hill.


O Sole Mio
performed by:
Francesco Daddi

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It's Now Or Never
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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