No one can ever cover this song. Only one man can sing it the way it’s meant to be sung and that’s Elvis.
On November 11 of 1970, Elvis fans around the world were treated to the release of Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, a documentary-style film directed by Denis Sanders and released by MGM.
This concept, devised by technical advisor Colonel Tom Parker was a clear view of Presley’s return to live performances after years of making films. Prior to this, Elvis’s movies had been dramatic performances peppered with musical numbers.
Presley gives us an interesting take on “Can’t Help Falling” this time, with a sped-up tempo and delayed delivery that provides the song with a whole new feel.
Let’s rewind to the year 1961. Fallout shelters dot suburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii.
His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar so he goes to work as a tour guide.
Now you can truly appreciate the difference between The King’s two renditions. They are strikingly different, yet both incredibly beautiful.
You need to remember, this was LIVE, truly live. Not lipsynced, no backtrack. People do get tired and this was his second show THAT night. It’s still beautiful, look at the people in the crowd at 1:19, the crowd awestruck.
His performance was lighthearted and a little silly. The colossus entertainer seems to be enjoying the show that night really and feeds off the audience energy as he delivers a performance the way only Elvis can.
As Presley performed this final number of the night’s show, the song began to draw to a close and Elvis took over as conductor to the audience. Eliciting louder cheers and wilder applause with each motion of his rising hands.
As the crowd takes to their feet, The King drops to his knee, and the curtain begins to fall. Always the clown, displaying the silliness that had somewhat peppered his performance, Elvis pops his head out from underneath the curtain with the mischievous grin of an 8-year-old boy up to no good sneaking across his face.
Elvis’ character was such that he always considered the children in his audience and did goofy things to make them laugh so they could enjoy themselves, too. And he was careful how he acted with the ladies wanting scarves and kisses and if they started getting vulgar, he wouldn’t even go there! Rockstar who cared about what kind of message he was sending out there and made it clear he was “working” for his fans…imagine that!!! He was fantastic!
On November 11 of 1970, Elvis fans around the world were treated to the release of Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, a documentary-style film directed by Denis Sanders and released by MGM. This concept, devised by technical advisor Colonel Tom Parker was a clear view of Presley’s return to live performances after years of making films. Prior to this, Elvis’s movies had been dramatic performances peppered with musical numbers.
Although his movie career had started in 1956, Elvis had yet to release a film of concert footage. “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” gave fans the world round an opportunity to peek behind the curtain, inside the life of the megastar that they loved and adored. Along with show-stopping performances delivered from the stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, it also included terrific backstage footage, shots of Elvis and the band rehearsing, hanging out in their hotel room and more.
The film documents American singer Elvis Presley’s Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. The film was released simultaneously with Presley’s similarly titled twelfth studio album, That’s the Way It Is.
Although it has been over 40 years since the world had to say goodbye to the King, he is still beloved by many, the world around. Even today, fans take to YouTube to profess their love of Elvis Aaron Presley.
“Elvis, you are the King! No one can touch you, not here or there in Heaven. You will always be loved for your beautiful soul, voice, music and gorgeous face, kind generosity too. We lost you 40 years ago; it was devastating to us all who loved you. Pray for peace, Elvis wanted that with his song American Trilogy. Thank you for your gift of song, Elvis! RIP “ expressed one passionate fan.
“What a beautiful SONG. This video shows how happy he was then. One of his best performances. Wow, I LOVE THIS VIDEO…AND WILL FOREVER LOVE ELVIS PRESLEY,” declared another.
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