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Brenda Lee - Can't Help Falling in Love

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Published on Nov 14, 2009

From the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland July 4, 1991.

Brenda Lee (voc), David Ewing (kbds), Dave Powelson (s), Matt Mc Kenzy (b), Jeff Coffin (s), Vince Di Govanna (dr), Gary Talley (g), Eddie Tobin (synth), Bergen White (voc), Jana King (voc)

The melody for the song was written in 1780. It is derived from a French song, "Plaisir d'amour", ("The Joy of love"), written by Jean Paul Égide Martini (1741-1816). The lyric was derived from a poem by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (1755–1794) which appears in his novel Célestine. Martini was not actually French, but German, born Johann Paul Aegidius Schwarzendorf in Freystadt, Bavaria. Well, that's show biz. The melody was also used for "My Love Loves Me".

"Plaisir d'Amour" - Joan Baez
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1Gz_...

"My Love Loves Me" - Anita Carter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmdY3R...

"Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLV0Y2...

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can't help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
Would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
For I can't help falling in love with you

1956 - The first Elvis-Brenda Meeting (near disaster!)

Elvis was riding high on the charts with his first big hit, Heartbreak Hotel, when he played the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia on March 20, 1956. Brenda and her sister Linda were taken backstage after the event. In a brief encounter, Elvis gave Linda a kiss and ignored a disappointed Brenda. Elvis was probably told he was about to meet a popular local girl singer and he thought the older sibling must be the one. In fairness to Elvis, who would have guessed that it was tiny Brenda who had the huge voice?

Mr. C's Amazin' Facts
One month earlier, Brenda had been discovered at the same Bell Auditorium by Red Foley and then, eight days after meeting Elvis, she debuted on Red's national television show by rockin' the Ozark Jubilee with her own version of Jambalaya. 1956 was a fantastic year for Elvis and pretty big for Brenda as well.

1957 - Second Encounter

The second time they met is the first photograph in the video. Brenda was invited to sing on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in Dec 1957. Elvis, by chance, was in town delivering a Christmas present to his manager. He suddenly realized that it might be the last time he could see old friends at the Opry because he had already received his Army draft notice. Having brought only casual attire, Elvis purchased some new clothes in Nashville that day. Why he bought a tuxedo is unknown. Like every 13 year old girl in America, Brenda loved Elvis and the expression on her face shows it. Dancing with Elvis wiped out most other memories she had of the occasion. She didn't even remember what she sang that night. (Note: It was "Ain't that Love") Brenda, in her book, did remember that Elvis "was wearing dramatic eye makeup!". You might think that this was the work of some overzealous makeup artist at the Opry, but, in fact, Elvis did not perform that night, although he was called on stage to take a bow. Elvis and Brenda had this in common: Both performed only one time at the Opry in 1950s and none at all in the 1960s. Country traditionalists could stomach none of that Rock & Roll stuff on their stage.

1960 - Elvis asks for Brenda's autograph

Elvis returned to the US in March 1960 and was discharged from the Army. A song on the radio immediately got his attention. He loved "Sweet Nothin's". Was that really the little girl he had met years before? It was! Elvis called Brenda's management in Nashville to see if he could get an autographed copy of the record. Of course, his request was granted. I wonder where that 45 is today?

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