Simba and Nala stare deeply into each other's eyes during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sequence.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King composed by [2 ] Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was described by [1 ] Don Hahn (the film's producer), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (the film's directors) as having "the most diverse history" in the film. It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart, and achieved even more success in the U.S., reaching a peak of #4 on the [1 ] . The song was a number-one hit in France. Billboard Hot 100
History [ edit ]
The song was performed in the film by Kristle Edwards,
Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella, while the end title version was performed by Elton John. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the [1 ] Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In 2003, a remixed version of the song was included in the Special Edition soundtrack of
The Lion King, again sung by Elton John.
In the followup
, the romantic scene where the song was originally featured also had the song playing, but with a difference: interspersed with the romantic scenes were short comedic shots of The Lion King 1½ Timon and Pumbaa trying to disrupt Simba and Nala's night out with the Theme from Peter Gunn playing when they try.
Early production [ edit ]
The song was once planned to be sung only by Timon and Pumbaa, but
Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept. John declared that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was meant to follow "Disney's tradition of great love songs", and that it could "express the lions' feelings for each other far better than dialogue could". [4 ]
Later, the song was planned to be sung this time only by Simba and Nala but in the end the idea was scrapped again, and the final result was the song mainly sung by an off-screen voice (Kristle Edwards) with short lines from Simba (Joseph Williams) and Nala (Sally Dworsky), and the beginning and end parts by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella). It also included Zulu vocals that, while mostly muted in the on-screen version, were much more prominently featured in the audio-only releases.
Festival of the Lion King [ edit ]
Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom's , the song is sung by Nakawa and Kibibi. As they sing, two ballet dancers (one male, one female) dressed as birds dance on the stage. After the main chorus is sung, the male bird dancer attaches his partner to a harness that allows her to fly through the air. Festival of the Lion King
Personnel [ edit ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
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In 1994, the
CKBE-FM David Tyler. In 1995, the song was covered by
Patricia Paay for album and by Time of My Life Chris Connor on her 1995 release released by Alfa Jazz. Blue Moon In 1995, a
punk rock version of the song was played by The Ramones live at the 1995 MTV movie awards In 1995, Disney's Sing Along Songs used a girl version that used a new montage with various Disney lovers. Performed by
Lillix. Australian pop star
Dannii Minogue performed the song on a UK Disney TV special. In 1997,
Hank Marvin did an instrumental version of the song on his album Hank Plays the music of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2000, the song was covered by
John Barrowman. In 2000,
Dave & Domino sings a Eurobeat version on Eurobeat Disney. In 2001,
Michael Crawford sang this song as part of a medley on The Disney Album. In 2002, the song was covered by the British pop group
S Club for the first . Disneymania In 2004, the song was covered by
American Idol contestant William Hung on his debut album. [5 ] In 2006, the song was covered by
Sara Paxton for and Czech singer Disneymania 4 Zbyněk Drda. In 2006
Helena Blackman sang a cover of the song on week 4 of the British reality television programme . She was in the bottom two after this performance for the third time but was saved by How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Andrew Lloyd Webber in a sing off. In 2008, the song was covered by
Elliott Yamin for , Disneymania 6 [6 ] Choo Choo Soul from the Playhouse Disney for the album, Disney Music Block Party, Billy Jon Coogan, [7 ] Phil Stacey for , and Country Sings Disney Jadakiss in Hangover. In 2009, the song was covered by the
Nina for album . Renditions of the Soul In 2010, the song was covered by the
Loading Ready Run crew as part of a challenge for the fourth Desert Bus for Hope event. In 2010,
Helene Fischer, a German singer, performed the song on her "So wie ich bin"-Tour. The late Macedonian pop star
Toše Proeski covered this song. The track was released on January 25, his birthday. On the 2011 album
V-Rock Disney, which features visual kei artists covering Disney songs, Aoi from Ayabie covered this song. [8 ] In 2011, the Christian punk band
Stellar Kart covered it on their Disney EP A Whole New World.
Brian Wilson covered it on his album , which was released on October 25, 2011. In the Key of Disney
John Miles covered the song during the 2011 Night of the Proms tour
Jackie Evancho covered the song on her 2012 album . Songs from the Silver Screen On the 2012 album
Disney - Koe no Oujisama, which features various Japanese voice actors covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Hikaru Midorikawa In 2014,
Richard & Adam performed the song alongside Attraction on the semi-final of the eighth series of . Britain's Got Talent
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
French Singles Chart
[22 ] 18
Billboard Hot 100 [23 ] 18
French Singles Chart
[24 ] 23
Certifications [ edit ]
[25 ] Gold
[26 ] Silver
[27 ] Platinum
[28 ] Gold
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ "Amazon.com: Disneymania, Vol. 6: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com . Retrieved May 5, 2008.
^ "Visual kei bands to take on Disney songs for ‘V-ROCK Disney’!". tokyohive.com . Retrieved September 16, 2011.
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