Can't Help Falling In Love (1961) (1993)

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Elvis Presley (born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, died August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.)

Called the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis is generally considered to be the most important, iconic entertainer of the 20th Century. He has sold over one billion records worldwide, more than anyone in record industry history. He has had 150 albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum, 149 charting songs in the US, 114 of which were Top 40 hits, 40 of which were Top 10 hits, and 18 #1 hits. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #3 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

"Can't Help Falling in Love" was featured in Elvis' eighth movie, Blue Hawaii. According to songwriter George Weiss, the movie producers and Elvis' associates didn't like the song when they heard the demo. However, Elvis insisted on recording it for the movie. It was completed in 29 takes.

Elvis’ most successful album, the Blue Hawaii soundtrack album spent 79 weeks on the US pop album chart, 20 of those weeks at #1. The album sold over half a million copies in the first three months of its release. It took just three days to record the 14 songs featured on it.

In 1968, Presley first performed a new live treatment of the song in his '68 Comeback Special. He used the song to close most of his live concerts, including his last in June 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Can't Help Falling in Love" at #394 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chart position: #2 (US).

It was kept from #1 in February 1961 by "The Peppermint Twist" (Joey Dee and the Starlighters.)

The Top Ten Songs: February 3, 1962 (US).
  1. "The Peppermint Twist" (Joey Dee and the Starliters) 
  2. "Can't Help Falling In Love" (Elvis Presley)
  3. "The Twist" (Chubby Checker)
  4. "Norman" (Sue Thompson)
  5. "I Know" (Barbara George)
  6. "The Wanderer" (Dion)
  7. "Duke Of Earl" (Gene Chandler)
  8. "Baby It's You" (Shirelles)
  9. "Break It To Me Gently" (Brenda Lee)
  10. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Tokens)

Written by:
George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore.

George David Weiss also wrote such songs as "Surrender", "Too Close for Comfort", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Lullaby of Birdland", "That Sunday, That Summer" and "What A Wonderful World".

It was based on the French ballad "Plaisir D'amour" by Jean-Paul Egide Martini.

Also by:
UB40, whose version was at #1 (US) for 7 weeks and also reached #1 in the UK in 1993. It also reached #1 in Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.

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