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Can't Help Falling In Love

by

Elvis Presley



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This was featured in the 1961 Elvis movie Blue Hawaii. It was written by the songwriter George Weiss, who claimed that neither the movie producers nor Elvis' associates liked the song demo, but Elvis insisted on recording this song for the movie. Weiss, who died in 2010 at age 89, was a military bandleader in World War II - more on him in the tenth Songfact.
This was Elvis' most popular and famous "love song," but it was not sung to his love interest in Blue Hawaii - It was sung to his grandmother on the occasion of her birthday. Elvis presented her with a music box, which she opened and it played the song, which Elvis then sang along with. (thanks, Terry - Willmar, MN)
The soundtrack to Blue Hawaii hit #1 on the US charts in the fall of 1961 and remained there for 20 weeks in a row, a record that wasn't broken until 1977 by Fleetwood Mac's landmark album Rumours.
The melody is based on a French song called "Plaisir D'Amour."
Elvis ended his concerts with this.
Hal Blaine played drums on this. He became one of the most successful session drummers of all time, playing on hits by The Beach Boys, The Association, Sam Cooke, Simon And Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, and many others. He entered the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000. (thanks, ken - Leicester, NC)
UB40 covered this in 1993 with a Reggae beat. Their version was a #1 hit in the US.
A version by the Swedish Pop group A-Teens appeared on the soundtrack of the animated feature Lilo and Stitch, which - like the original version - was also set in Hawaii. (thanks, Rick - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
In 1970, Andy Williams' version went to #3 in the UK. In 1976, it became a UK hit once again when The Stylistics version hit #4. The previous year, The Stylistics had a hit with I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love), which was also written by Weiss.
New York-born George Weiss was a prolific songwriter in the 40s, 50s 60s and 70s. Among the string of hits he penned in addition to this song were "What a Wonderful World" recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967, The Stylistics 1975 UK chart-topper "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a reworking of a South African Zulu song recorded by The Tokens in 1961. As well as writing songs for pop and jazz stars, Weiss also worked on a number of musicals, most famously the Sammy Davis Jr. starring Mr Wonderful, which he wrote in 1956 with Jerry Bock and Larry Holofcener. Weiss died on August 23, 2010, of natural causes at his home in Oldwick, New Jersey.
Christina Grimmie performed the song on the May 19, 2014 finale of The Voice. Her version reached #74 on the Hot 100.
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Comments (22):

Actually Joel, Weiss did write it. The French song you refer to does not have the same words, nor even the same music. Go back and listen to it. Martine is credited with performing the song that "Can't Help Falling In Love" was "adapted" from; that is not the same as writing "Can't Help Falling In Love". It was written by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore.
- Rod, Boise, ID
Sorry Folks Elvis and Georges Weiss did not write that song and very far from it ,
The song come from a French Melody from Jean Paul Agide Martine 1741-1816 , it is called plaisir d'amour, if you prefer in English Love's pleasure.
- joel, sdan francisco , CA
This is Elvis very best love song, to me. Great, great lyrics , melody and vocals. UB40's version is respectfull and excellent.
- meocyber, alma, CO
Elvis's vocals on this are so deep, pure and the epitome of romance. The lyrics take you to that scary/exciting place of falling in love and being helpless to do a thing about it. Not WANTING to do a thing about it but allowing it to happen. UB40's remake/take on this--one of the all-time best remakes ever, breathless, brassy, incredible with a fabulous video to accompany it.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Andy Williams' 1970 version hit No. 3 in the UK but only reached No. 88 in the U.S.A., Al Martino also released this song in 1970 and it peaked at No. 51!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This song was used in the film "Fools Rush In" starring Matthew Perry (Chandler in Friends) & Selma Hayek. There's a great line where he says to her "You're everything I never knew I always wanted." Give it a look sometime.
- Grant, Toowoomba,
the song lent it self marvelously to an orchestral treatment,done by Billy Goldenberg on the'68 comeback special.....very nice,indeed!

Steveo
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
Also covered by Lick the Tins which is a great version, maybe better than the King's. Featured in Some Kind of Wonderful and over the end credits of the brilliant film "The Snapper"
- Michael, Scranton, PA
Bono did a cover of this song, which is really good!
- Dora, Doha, Qatar
i wonder if the song's titlle is literal or figurative
- Fulu Thompho, limpopo, South Africa
This song took 29 takes to record it, and I've heard all of them! Elvis had difficulty getting his breathing right because of the slow tempo, but boy, did he nail it in the end!
- Richard, London, England
Pearl Jam did a live cover of this song. it is pretty good
- Adrian, Kingston, Canada
This is the song my parents danced to @ their wedding on June 24, 1989. They love it!
- Caitlin, Upper Township, NJ
Heard this song in the theater, on a date, with a girl who would become my wife. This and Moon River are the songs we call ours. After 43 years of marriage we still are moved by these songs.
- Jeff, Buffalo Grove, IL
This song was also used as a love theme for a recent Korean drama which is extremely popular all over Asia, My Lovely Sam Soon. The heroin of the show vows to learn to play this song well one day for her boyfriend which she eventually did. Really romantic and the lyrics of the song depicts how the heroin feels for her boyfriend.
- denise, Kuala Lumpur, MA
hi pete nowra.
her name is joan blackman
-i think......
- Mona Lisa, Copenhagen, Denmark
The We Five did an interesting cover of this.
- Ben, Tucson, AZ
The thing is also that the version sung in the film is not like the version most people know. It wasn´t until a couple a years a ago that a cd came out with outtakes and also movie versions of some songs and also Cant help falling in love with you.
- Sigurbjörn, Keflav�k, Iceland
A*Teens also covered this
- AJ, Cleveland, GA
This has to be the most beautiful song Elvis ever recorded. It became the song for my wife and myself (our wedding song).
- Robert, Trumbull, CT
: Joan Blackman was the actress. Also starred in Kid Galahad with Elvis. Neville L.
- Neville, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
the chick in the movie Blue Hawaii wasn't a bad sort , anyone know her name?
- pete, nowra, Australia
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