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' O sole mio, written in 1899, is one of the most famous Italian songs, in the original version performed by numerous artists such as Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Bryan Adams and even the punk rock band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
The lyrics of the song was written by Giovanni Capurro, the music by Eduardo di Capua. The first recording is by Emilio DeGogorza and dates back to 1908. Though there are versions in various languages, is ' O sole mio, a romantic Neapolitan love song, usually sung in the original Neapolitan dialect. The letter o in the title together with the preceding apostrophe the Neapolitan pendant of the Italian Il articles. In Italian 'O sole mio would therefore be translated as Il sole mio. Therefore, the correct English translation is My Sun (and not: O, my Sun).
In 1949 the American singer Tony Martin took the first English-language version of the song on, entitled there's no tomorrow, some 10 years later by Elvis Presley. When he requested the song writing duo heard the song Presley Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold to write a new text, after which he there around 1960 in different countries, including Netherlands, scored a number one hit with it under the title it's now or never.
Due to the high name recognition of the song has also for many hotels and restaurants chosen the name 'O sole mio .
|"It's now or never" in Fonorama - inside: 10-09-1960||within in Single Top 100: 05-03-2005|
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|It's now or never (Elvis Presley)||285||487||1024||1110||558||897||668||999||836||793||1008||1105||1409||1481||1825|