Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on August 16th of 1977 forty-two year old Elvis Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion. Presley’s girlfriend, Ginger Alden, awoke in the afternoon and noticed that he was not in bed and found him lying on the floor of the bathroom. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and at 3:30 p.m. he was pronounced dead. After an examination, it was revealed that Presley’s body contained butabarbital, codeine, morphine, pentobarbital, Placidyl, Quaalude, Valium and Valmid. It had been five years since the King had a US Top Ten hit with the number 2 song, “Burning Love”. His last US number 1 was 1969’s “Suspicious Minds”. He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to over 50 million. In his last conversation with Ginger Alden, he told her “I’m going to the bathroom to read.” When she cautioned him not to fall asleep in there, his final words were, “Okay, I’m won’t.” Here from 1961 comes Elvis’ hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” that was featured in the 1961 Elvis movie Blue Hawaii. It was written by the songwriter George Weiss, who claimed that neither the movie producers nor Elvis’ associates liked the song demo, but Elvis insisted on recording this song for the movie.This was Elvis’ most popular and famous “love song,” but it was not sung to his love interest in Blue Hawaii – It was sung to his grandmother on the occasion of her birthday. Elvis presented her with a music box, which she opened and it played the song, which Elvis then sang along with. The soundtrack to Blue Hawaii hit #1 on the US charts in the fall of 1961 and remained there for 20 weeks in a row, a record that wasn’t broken until 1977 by Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours.UB40 covered this in 1993 with a reggae beat. Their version was a #1 hit in the US. Elvis ended most of his concerts with this song. The song reached #2 in the US and #1 in the UK. R.I.P.