Can't Help Falling In Love

Album: Greatest Hits (1961)
Charted: 1 2


  • 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.
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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," which was penned in 1784 by a German with an Italian name, Jean-Paul Egide-Martini.
  • Elvis ended most of his concerts with this song.
  • 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 & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, and many others. He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. >>
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    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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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.
  • This was given a double A-sided release in the UK with another song from Blue Hawaii: "Rock-A-Hula Baby."
  • Haley Reinhart, who placed third on American Idol in 2011, recorded a cover of this song for a commercial for Wrigley's Extra gum. The spot shows a couple (Sarah and Juan) who meet when they are still in school. As they grow older, she is constantly sharing her gum with him, and their love grows. The spot ends with Sarah discovering that Juan has saved some of the wrappers and drawn pictures on them. After she sees his wrapper art, she turns around and finds him proposing to her.

    The ad agency, BBDO, had a range of artists record the song, looking for just the right feel. Reinhart's version was the winner, capturing the sentimental but contemporary sound that worked with the story. The song and commercial were released around the same time, and they both went viral, garnering millions of views on YouTube and Facebook.

Comments: 32

  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny'Take my hand, take my whole life too'...
    On this day in 1962 {January 28th} "Can't Help Falling In Love"* by Elvis peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "The Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee and the Starliters...
    "Can't Help Falling In Love" reached #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Track chart, the United Kingdom's Singles chart, and in the Republic of South Africa...
    The King had five other records peak at #2; "Love Me", "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", "Return To Sender", "A Fool Such As I", and "Burning Love"...
    And let us not forget, he had eighteen records that made it to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart...
    May the King R.I.P. {1935 - 1977}...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, for the week that "Burning Love" peaked at #2 the rest of the Top 10 was:
    At #3. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker
    #4. "Norman" by Sue Thompson
    #5. "I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)" by Barbara George
    #6. "The Wandered" by Dion
    #7. "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler
    #8. "Baby It's You" by The Shirelles
    #9. "Break It To Me Gently" by Brenda Lee
    #10. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" By The Tokens...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: {03-12-2019}...
    Drummer Hal Blaine died of natural causes on March 11th, 2019 at the age of 90. A statement from his family read "May he rest forever on 2 and 4", referring to the second and fourth beats of a measure in music...
    Fellow drummer Ringo Starr and Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson paid tribute to Blaine's musical talent. Ronnie Spector praised Blaine for "the magic he put on all our Ronettes recordings"...
    Amazingly, between 1961 and 1976 the R 'n R Hall of Fame drummer played on thirty eight records that peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top 100 chart {starting with Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" in 1961 and ending with "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" by Diana Ross in 1976}...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Bernard from LavalErratum: for Plaisir d'amour the 1st is an 8th note, and the others are quarter notes.
  • Bernard from LavalRod from Boise is right. It's not the same music at all. They don't sound the same. SheetMusic-Free.Com says it's based on it, but if you look at the sheet music for the 2 songs on that very site and compare them you see very easily that it's not the same music at all. Plaisir d'amour's 1st 4 notes are quarter note D, 8th note G, 8th note A, 8th note B, all in the middle octave; and this song's 1st 3 notes are D, G, and D, all whole notes in the treble octave.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaI too was surprised to find out that the song was almost left out of the film, same thing with Over The Rainbow. have never been able to discover the name of the band members in the movie, does anyone know. Yes Hal Blaine did the whole Blu Hawaii soundtrack. also found out that actress Angela Landsburry didn't really want to do the part of The mom in the film but needed the money-her pat was my favorite part of the picture.
  • Carl from TexasI love Elvis' I can't help falling in love. I've been singing church songs for 40+ yrs. I found this in my first secular karaoke attempt on a cruise in '14. There are a lot higher songs for me to try so with my old crooner style Bari/lead voice I thought I'd give it a go. I sang it two nites then. The crowd, even some Elvis tour ladies liked my smooth deep version. I dedicated first time on Valentine's Day for my wife there. I looked back after a verse & saw couples slow dancing while I finished. I thought I had arrived . Ha. I'm going to sing it again for some older ladies at a few nursing homes next week. I hope they enjoy it.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: {12-18-2015}
    Luigi Creatore, who with his cousin Hugo Peretti produced hits for Sam Cooke, Perry Como, the Stylistics, "Little" Peggy March, the Isley Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers, died of pneumonia Sunday (December 13th, 2015) in Boca Raton, Florida at the age of 93...
    The two also co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love"* and were co-owners at one time of Roulette Records before founding Avco Records...
    * According to Wikipedia, George David Weiss was the third co-composer of "Can't Help Falling In Love".
  • Vince from The Villages, FlThis was the first song my wife and I danced to when we started dating, and became our wedding song. Boy was it prophetic!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 15th 1970, Al Martino appeared on the CBS-TV program 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour'...
    The week before his covered version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" peaked at #51 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and would spent 8 weeks on the chart...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1952 and 1977 he had thirty-eight Top 100 records; three made the Top 10 with his debut record, "Here In My Heart" being his biggest hit, it reached #1 {for 2 non-consecutive weeks} on June 1st, 1952 on Billboard's Best Sellers chart...
    His other two Top 10 records were; "I Love You Because" {at #3 in 1963} and "I Love You More and More Everyday" {reached #9 in 1964}...
    Mr. Martino, born Jasper Cini aka Johnny Fontane, passed away on October 13th, 2009 at the age of 82...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 22nd 1961, Elvis Presley's eighth feature film, "Blue Hawaii", open in theaters across the U.S.A. and Canada...
    And twelve days later on December 4th "Can't Help Falling In Love", which was featured in the movie, entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #57; eight weeks later on January 29th, 1962 it peaked at #2 {for 1 week} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100; the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "The Peppermint Twist - Part 1" by Joey Dee & the Starliters...
    The record's B-side, "Rock-A-Hula Love", also from the movie, also entered the chart on Dec. 4th and reached #23 {for 1 week} on Dec. 31st, 1961...
    The day the movie opened in theaters the soundtrack album was at #3* on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart {at the time he also had two other albums on the Top 200, "G.I. Blues" at #52 and "Something for Everyone" at #64}...
    * As stated above the album would peak at #1 {for 20 weeks} on Dec. 12th, 1961.
  • Rod from Boise, IdActually 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.
  • Joel from Sdan Francisco , CaSorry 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.
  • Meocyber from Alma, Co This is Elvis very best love song, to me. Great, great lyrics , melody and vocals. UB40's version is respectfull and excellent.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhElvis'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.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAndy 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!!!
  • Grant from Toowoomba,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.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Cathe song lent it self marvelously to an orchestral treatment,done by Billy Goldenberg on the'68 comeback special.....very nice,indeed!

  • Michael from Scranton, PaAlso 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"
  • Dora from Doha, QatarBono did a cover of this song, which is really good!
  • Fulu Thompho from Limpopo, South Africai wonder if the song's titlle is literal or figurative
  • Richard from London, EnglandThis 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!
  • Adrian from Kingston, CanadaPearl Jam did a live cover of this song. it is pretty good
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjThis is the song my parents danced to @ their wedding on June 24, 1989. They love it!
  • Jeff from Buffalo Grove, IlHeard 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.
  • Denise from Kuala Lumpur, MaThis 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.
  • Mona Lisa from Copenhagen, Denmarkhi pete nowra.
    her name is joan blackman
    -i think......
  • Ben from Tucson, AzThe We Five did an interesting cover of this.
  • Sigurbjörn from KeflavÃ?k, IcelandThe 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.
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaA*Teens also covered this
  • Robert from Trumbull, CtThis has to be the most beautiful song Elvis ever recorded. It became the song for my wife and myself (our wedding song).
  • Neville from Perth, Western Australia, Australia: Joan Blackman was the actress. Also starred in Kid Galahad with Elvis. Neville L.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiathe chick in the movie Blue Hawaii wasn't a bad sort , anyone know her name?
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