Sunday, March 31, 2024

Record #0672: Can't Help Falling in Love / Rock-a-Hula Baby ("Twist" Special) – ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA Victor 47-0635 (original) USA, 22. November 1961
Words & Music by:  Side AHugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss; Side BFred Wise, Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Hank Garland (guitar), Scotty Moore (guitar), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar), Alvino Rey (steel guitar), Bob Moore (bass), D.J. Fontana / Hal Blaine (drums), Bernie Mattinson (percussion), Floyd Cramer (piano), Bernie Lewis (ukulele), Fred Tavares (ukulele), the Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Joseph Lilley at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 23. March 1961
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #2, US AC #1, UK #1; Side B - US #23, UK #1

Both songs appeared on Elvis' 1961 film "Blue Hawaii". All songs for the movie were recorded in three days, 21.-23. March 1961. The session on the 23rd also included “Aloha Oe” and “Beach Boy Blues”.

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” required 29 takes. The 23rd was chosen for the movie and the 29th for the record. The flip was done in just five takes.

I have already posted a 1977 re-issue of this single here.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12,50, Near Mint is $25. Picture sleeves are $20 and $40 correspondingly

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