In the late 1950s, while stationed in Germany with the U. [Aaron] Schroeder and Wally Gold, the only people in that day. Selling more than 20 million records, the song became number one in countries all around and was Presley's best selling single ever...
a song [they] finished in 20 minutes to a half hour was the biggest song of [their] career." In 1960, "It's Now or Never" was a number-one record in the U.
Later, a spurious story was put about that the melody was always intended to be played on the G string alone.
The violin solo part of Wilhelmj's arrangement is sometimes played on the counter-tenor violoncello.
The single is the second best-selling single by Presley, and one of the best-selling singles of all time. According to The New York Times, quoting from the 1986 book Behind The Hits, "he told the idea to his music publisher, Freddy Bienstock, who was visiting him in Germany... Bienstock, who many times found songwriters for Presley, returned to his New York office, where he found songwriters, Mr.Howard "Butch" Kerzner, who died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday aged 42, ran one of the world's biggest companies, developing resorts, hotels and casinos; he had planned to build a so-called "super-casino" alongside the former Millennium Dome in London's Docklands.He was the son of Sol Kerzner, the South African-born leisure tycoon known as the "Sun King" after the huge, whites only, Sun City resort he built on the outskirts of Johannesburg in the apartheid era, and which he later sold.As a violin can't play very loudly in its lowest register, all the other parts of Bach's music were firmly reduced in Wilhelmj's version: the keyboard part is to be played staccato and pianissimo, causing the effects of interweaving melodies and of drive in the bass part to go lost.In the strings accompaniment version the violins and violas play muted (con sordino), and the bass part for cellos and double basses is to be played pizzicato and sempre pianissimo, with the same change in effect compared to Bach's original.