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, 1961, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Pop
Length 2:59
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Elvis Presley (Joseph Lilley for Paramount Pictures)[3]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)
Music video
"Can't Help Falling in Love" (audio) on YouTube

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop ballad based on "Plaisir d'amour", an 18th-century song which is sung by Montgomery Clift in the 1949 film "The Heiress" starring Clift and Olivia de Havilland, with a musical score provided by Aaron Copland. The pop ballad was originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, 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",[4] a popular romance composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini). "Can't Help Falling in Love" was featured in Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including Tom Smothers, Swedish pop group A-Teens, and the British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's version of the song topped the British charts in 1962. The single is certified Platinum by the RIAA, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist"[5] and went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks.[6][7]

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 arrangement was the closing number in Presley's final TV special, Elvis in Concert. "Can't Help Falling in Love" was also the last song he performed live, at his concert in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena on 26 June 1977.[8]

In 2015, the song was included on the If I Can Dream album, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Presley's birth. The version uses archival voice recordings of Presley and his singers, backed by new orchestral arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  2. "Rock-A-Hula Baby"

UB40 version[edit]

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
Single by UB40
from the album Sliver: Music from the Motion Picture and Promises and Lies
Released May 10, 1993
Format
Recorded March 3, 1993
Genre
Length 3:24
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) UB40
UB40 singles chronology
"One in Ten"
(1992)
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
(1993)
"Higher Ground"
(1993)
"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 No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at No. 100, and remained there for seven weeks. It was also No. 1 in the United Kingdom, UK Official Singles Chart Top 75 from 06 June 1993 - 19 June 1993, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

The song appears on the soundtrack of the movie Sliver,[9] the trailer for Fools Rush In, and an episode of Hindsight. 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. The single version of the song also has a slightly different backing rhythm and melody.

The song and band also appear in the 1997 film Speed 2: Cruise Control.

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]


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
Recorded 2002
Genre Dance-pop[32]
Length 3:06
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Mark Hammond
A-Teens singles chronology
"Heartbreak Lullaby"
(2001)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(2002)
"Floorfiller"
(2002)
"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. It is also shown in the teen pop compilation album, Disney Girlz Rock.

The song reached No. 12 in Sweden, No. 16 in Argentina, and No. 41 in Australia.

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]

References[edit]

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