IT’S NOW OR NEVER
Eddy McManus delivers an absolutely stellar performance in his cover of Elvis Presley’s classic ballad “It’s Now or Never.” This song is a true vocal masterpiece, and Eddy’s powerful, emotive vocals put him in the same league as greats like Elvis and Mario Lanza. It’s clear that he has a deep appreciation and understanding of this classic song, and he brings a sense of reverence and respect to his performance.
“It’s Now or Never” was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960, and it quickly became a massive international hit. It spent five weeks at number one on the US charts and eight weeks at the top in the UK, where it was released later due to rights issues. It also reached number seven on the R&B charts and sold over 20 million physical copies worldwide, making it Elvis Presley’s biggest international single ever. It’s a song that has stood the test of time, and it’s easy to see why it has remained a beloved classic for so many years.
The song is based on the Italian song “‘O Sole Mio,” which Elvis Presley heard while stationed in Germany with the US Army. It’s likely that he was also inspired by his fondness for Mario Lanza, who had first popularized “‘O Sole Mio” to American audiences and who had died the year before. Eddy’s cover does an excellent job of paying tribute to both the original song and its inspirations, delivering a performance that is both respectful and full of energy and passion.
One of the things that makes “It’s Now or Never” such a memorable song is the emotive, passionate lyrics, and Eddy does an excellent job of bringing these to the forefront of his performance. Lines like “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” are delivered with a raw, emotional intensity that is truly moving. And when Eddy sings “Just like a willow / We would cry an ocean / If we lost true love / And sweet devotion,” it’s impossible not to feel the depth of the words.
In short, Eddy McManus’ cover of “It’s Now or Never” is an absolute triumph. His powerful vocals and emotive delivery make for a performance that is both memorable and deeply moving. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and give this song a listen. You won’t be disappointed