COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

The song, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961

Hugo Peretti (1916-1986), Luigi Creatore (1921-2016) and George Weiss (1921-2010) wrote the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for Elvis Presley in March 1961. It was recorded for the soundtrack of his film ‘Blue Hawaii’ and was released as the lead single in November, the same month as the film. It peaked at No.2 in America and No.1 in the UK and has sold over four million copies to date.

Under the adjusted title of “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You”, the song was recorded by UK Reggae band UB40 in 1993 for the soundtrack to another film, ‘Sliver’. It also featured in the band’s album “Promises And Lies” later that year, which was released four months after the single was. Their version topped the charts in a dozen countries around the world including the UK and the US becoming the second biggest seller and third biggest selling single of 1993 in those territories.

But which version is the best? ELVIS’ original or UB40’s remake?

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