Can't Help Falling in Love

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"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
B-side "Rock-A-Hula Baby"[1]
Released October 1, 1961
Format 7"
Recorded March 23,[citation needed] 1961
Genre Traditional pop
Length 2:59
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss[2]
Producer(s) Jordan Lumsden
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop song originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss.[2] The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour"[3] (1784), a popular romance by Jean Paul Egide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's version of the song, which topped the British charts in 1962, has appeared in numerous other films, including Coyote Ugly and Walt Disney's Lilo & Stitch. The single is certified by the RIAA as a Platinum record, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the Elvis Presley version of the song peaked at number two on the pop chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for six weeks.[4]

During Presley's late 1960s and 1970s live performances, the song was performed as the show's finale. Most notably, it was also sung in the live segment of his 1968 NBC television special, and as the closer for his 1973 Global telecast, Aloha from Hawaii. A version with a faster and sloppier arrangement was used as the closing for Presley's final TV special, Elvis in Concert.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  2. "Rock-A-Hula Baby"
Preceded by
"When I Fall in Love" by The Lettermen
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single by
Elvis Presley

January 13, 1962
(six weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Little Bitty Tear" by Burl Ives
Preceded by
"The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
UK number-one single
"Rock-A-Hula Baby" b/w "Can't Help Falling in Love

February 22, 1962 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wonderful Land" by The Shadows

UB40 version[edit]

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
Single by UB40
from the album Promises and Lies
Released May 10, 1993
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
10" single
Recorded March 3, 1993
Genre Reggae fusion
Length 3:24
Label Virgin
Producer(s) UB40
UB40 singles chronology
"One in Ten"
(1992)
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You"
(1993)
"Higher Ground"
(1993)

In 1993, British reggae band UB40 recorded the song as the first single from their 1993 album Promises and Lies. The song was released in May 1993, in the majority of countries worldwide. It eventually climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at number 100 and appears in the soundtrack of the movie Sliver.[5] and also appears in the trailer for Fools Rush In. It remained at number one in the U.S. for seven weeks. It was also number 1 in the UK. It was a great success, reaching number one in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The single version of the song has a slightly different backing rhythm and melody.

In the US, and on the Sliver soundtrack, the song title was listed as "Can't Help Falling In Love," rather than what appeared on the record sleeve.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
CD maxi
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) (6:03)
10" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) (6:03)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
7" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 6, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dreams" by Gabrielle
Preceded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
June 26, 1993 – July 17, 1993
Succeeded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Preceded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ Bobo
Swedish number-one single
June 30, 1993 – July 28, 1993
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
July 11, 1993 – August 22, 1993
Succeeded by
"The River of Dreams" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Austrian number-one single
July 18, 1993 – August 8, 1993
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Weak" by SWV
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 24, 1993, – September 4, 1993
Succeeded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"What Is Love"" by Haddaway
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
July 31, 1993 – August 7, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes

A-Teens version[edit]

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by A-Teens
from the album Lilo & Stitch and Pop 'til You Drop!
Released October 29, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 3:06
Label Walt Disney Records, Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
Producer(s) Mark Hammond
A-Teens singles chronology
"Heartbreak Lullaby"
(2001)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(2001)
"Floorfiller"
(2002)

The song was the A-Teens's first single from their first extended play Pop 'til You Drop!, as well as for the Lilo & Stitch movie soundtrack, which was originally scheduled to include several Presley tracks, the A-Teens picking it for inclusion in the soundtrack. It was later also featured as a bonus track on their third studio album New Arrival for the European market. The video had thus tremendous exposure on several television channels, with the A-Teens eventually including the song in their third album. As a result, the song had two music videos, one to promote the Disney movie, the other for the album.

The song did not chart in the United States but reached No. 12 in Sweden, No. 16 in Argentina, and No. 41 in Australia. Despite the success of the song overseas, it failed to attract the rest of the Latin American public, due to the fact that there was a Spanish version of the song, performed by the Argentine group, Bandana. In addition, the A*Teens' version of the song was overshadowed by the promotion of Bandana's version.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gregory Dark and filmed in Los Angeles, California. It had two different versions. The "Disney Version", as the fans named it, features scenes of the movie, and also new scenes of the A-Teens with beach costumes. The "A-Teens Version" of the video, features the A-Teens on the white background with different close-ups and choreography, and scenes with puppies and different costumes.

Releases[edit]

Tracks marked + are not A-Teens tracks.

European 2-Track CD Single

  1. Can't Help Falling in Love [Album Version] – 3:06
  2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride – 3:27 +

European/Australian CD Maxi

  1. Can't Help Falling in Love [Album Version] – 3:06
  2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride – 3:27 +
  3. He Mele, No Lilo – 2:28 +

Other versions[edit]

Other artists who covered the song[edit]

  • Keely Smith, whose cover was on the charts at the same time as Presley's.
  • Perry Como, who included it in his September 1962 album, By Request (RCA Victor Records catalogue number LSP-2567).
  • Patti Page, for the Best Of Patti Page special TV offer album.
  • Doris Day, who included the song on her 1963 album, Love Him.
  • In 1963, the American pop vocal group The Lettermen did a version on their album Kind of Love. It was also included in their The Lettermen: The Complete Hits Vol. 2.
  • In 1966, American vocal group We Five performed a version in their album You Were on My Mind.[24]
  • In 1967, Italian rock singer Bobby Solo released a cover of this song in the Italian language, "Te ne vai", on his album San Francisco.
  • In 1969, Greek expatriate band, Aphrodite's Child, released a version of the song entitled, "I Want to Live", on their album It's Five O'Clock. Their version uses different English lyrics and is more somber than the original.
  • The uptempo version by Andy Williams peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1970.
  • The Al Martino recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2746 and charted in 1970, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard charts and No. 57 on the Cash Box magazine Best-Selling Records list.
  • Filipina singer-actress Nora Aunor, released this single 1971 and is part of her Blue Hawaii Album.
  • Bob Dylan recorded a version of this song for the New Morning sessions in 1970, which was released by Columbia against his will on the 1973 album, Dylan (Columbia Records).
  • Raul Seixas, one of the most popular Brazilian singers, recorded a version of this song, played only after the death of the singer.
  • The Stylistics' disco version was a hit in the UK, climbing to No. 4 in June 1976.
  • Shirley Bassey recorded a version of this song for a 1976 single.
  • Abbey Road Records issued a version by Herb Reed & The Original Platters in 1977.
  • During the 1980s, and again during the 2009 Working On a Dream Tour, Bruce Springsteen occasionally performed the song in his concert encores.
  • British synthpop duo Techno Twins covered the song in 1982, which appears on their album Technostalgia.
  • Lick the Tins released a cover of the song on their 1986 album Blind Man on a Flying Horse. It was a minor hit on the British charts, and it was featured in the ending credits of the films Some Kind of Wonderful and The Snapper.
  • In 1987, Corey Hart's recording reached No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The cover and song were used with the image of forlorn animals in desperate need of rescue for a fundraising television commercial for the Ontario Humane Society.
  • Australian band The Triffids recorded the song for their 1989 album The Black Swan. It was omitted from the final tracklist of the album, but released on the B-side of "Falling Over You", the second single from the album. The track was reinstated for the 2008 reissue of the album.
  • U2 (label mates of The Triffids) used the song to close 87 of the 159 concerts on the U2 1992–1993 Zoo TV Tour. One such performance appears on the Zoo TV: Live from Sydney video and the Zoo TV Live CD released to U2.com subscribers.
  • Bono, lead singer of U2, contributed a solo version of the song for the soundtrack to the 1992 movie, Honeymoon in Vegas.
  • Bruno Mars made a small cameo in the 1992 movie Honeymoon in Vegas as a Little Elvis impersonator singing the song.
  • Swiss artist Stephan Eicher covered the song in his 1994 live album Non Ci Badar, Guarda e Passa.
  • German Italo disco artist Fancy recorded a synthpop version in his 1996 album, Christmas In Vegas.

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Additional versions[edit]

Other recorded versions[edit]

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