Song of the Day #820: ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Elvis Presley

Top Ten Male Vocalists – #5 – Elvis Presley

It wouldn’t be right to make a list like this and not include Elvis Presley. Even though I was born just five years before he died, I know that The King must get his due.

His voice was certainly technically good… he had a great range, could hit all the notes, was able to pull off rock, country, blues and gospel without breaking a sweat.

Actually, I take that back… he did it while sweating quite a bit, which was another key to his appeal.

A musical scholar described Presley’s voice this way: “[it] had an emotional range from tender whispers to sighs down to shouts, grunts, grumbles and sheer gruffness that could move the listener from calmness and surrender, to fear. His voice can not be measured in octaves, but in decibels; even that misses the problem of how to measure delicate whispers that are hardly audible at all.”

Yeah, what he said, and Elvis could do all that while really moving his pelvis.

I know Elvis through his hits, but he had so many of them that it’s a pretty wide swath of songs and song styles to survey. I’m a big fan of the early rock numbers such as ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ but I have an even softer spot for the ballads. ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ are corny as hell, no doubt, but they’re just perfect.

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I cant help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
Would it be a sin
If I cant 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 cant 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 cant help falling in love with you
For I cant help falling in love with you

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #820: ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Elvis Presley

  1. Dana says:

    I think the sweat came with the weight gain in later years–he seemed like a pretty cool customer in his prime.

    A good pick for top male vocals for all the reasons you (and he) said.

  2. pegclifton says:

    This is a great pick! I have always loved Elvis from the time I was a teen going to his movies in downtown Hollywood, screaming along with the other fans that sometimes teared the place apart (not me of course). I’m more into his rock then his ballads, but I enjoy all his music. His voice was special as was he.

  3. Amy says:

    Yup, what you all said. Great pick that I somehow never saw coming.

    Despite the fact that he has an undeniably great voice, I never think of Elvis in terms of that voice. He was somehow much larger than it, the same way Michael Jackson had a great voice but would not be characterized as simply a great singer. These guys were superstars.

    Still, I’m glad you saw past that fact to place him here.

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