"Can't Help Falling in Love," written specifically for Blue Hawaii by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore, is remembered as the ballad Elvis Presley closed his concerts with during the 1970s. In the film, Elvis' character sings it to the grandmother of his girlfriend for her birthday, but that context has long since been forgotten. Because Elvis sang it so many times in concert, it is more fitting to suggest that the song belongs to the fans. It speaks to the way the fans felt about Elvis, and it was his love song to them.
Just as "It's Now or Never" was based on "O Sole Mio," "Can't Help Falling in Love" was adapted from an 18th century melody called "Plaisir d'Amour" by Italian composer Giovanni Martini. A handful of songs from Elvis' career were based on classic compositions or melodies, and he rose to the occasion by offering earnest, tender, or passionate interpretations of them.
The single hit the charts in December 1961. It peaked at number two on Billboard's Hot 100, and it remained on the charts for 14 weeks. The RIAA certified a gold record for "Can't Help Falling in Love" in March 1962, and a platinum record exactly 30 years later.
Record collectors should note that the movie version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" was not the one released as a single or on the album. Two takes of the movie version were recorded along with one take of the single release. The movie version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" was not released until after Elvis' death.
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