This is my latest addition to the love songs and contemporary songs for preludes. “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” is almost the quintessential love song for a wedding prelude, if you decide on the contemporary route for your prelude or a portion of it. It’s the kind of song that almost everybody of every age would recognize, and would unconsciously be humming along to.
Elvis is the most well-known singer to have recorded this song, an adaptation from the original French tune ‘Plaisir D’amour’ for his 1961 film Blue Hawaii. The original was written by the French composer Martin and arranged by the classical composer Berlioz, whose best known composition is probably Symphonie Fantastique.
It can also be heard in the movies “Lilo And Stitch” and “Coyote Ugly.”
The origianal Elvis version was just under 3 minutes long. It’s interesting to note that in the 60′s, many of the pop love were shorter than most of the songs played on the radio today; for whatever reason, the radio gurus thought if it was longer than 3 minutes, it was too long.