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"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Lion King
Released May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
Format 7" single, CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop
Classical
Length 3:59
Label Walt Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Writer(s) Elton John (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
(1994)
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
(1994)
"Circle of Life"
(1994)
The Lion King track listing
"I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
(11)
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
(12)
Simba and Nala embrace during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sequence.

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is an Academy Award-winning song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King, composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was described by Don Hahn (the film's producer), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (the film's directors) as having "the most diverse history" in the film.[1] It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at #14 on the UK Singles Chart, and achieved even more success in the U.S., reaching a peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is one of the first songs recorded by Elton John after the Roland Piano era.

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History

The song was performed in the film by Kristle Edwards, Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella, while the end title version was performed by Elton John. It won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also earned Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In 2003, a remixed version of the song was included in the Special Edition soundtrack of The Lion King, again sung by Elton John.

In the midquel The Lion King 1½, the romantic scene where the song was originally featured also had the song playing, but with a difference: interspersed with the romantic scenes were short comedic shots of Timon and Pumbaa trying to disrupt Simba and Nala's night out.

Early production

The song was once planned to be sung only by Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John disliked the comical nature of the concept, as he had wanted to make a wholly romantic Disney song. It is possible that this version of the song was the one used for The Lion King 1½.

Disney didn't even plan on using the song in the movie originally. It was only at the insistence of Elton that the company included it in the movie.

Later, the song was planned to be sung this time only by Simba and Nala but in the end the idea was scrapped again and the final result was the song mainly sung by an off-screen voice (Kristle Edwards) with short lines from Simba (Joseph Williams) and Nala (Sally Dworsky), and the beginning and end parts by Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).[1]

Personnel

  • Elton John: Piano, Vocals
  • Davey Johnstone: Guitar, Backing vocals
  • Chuck Sabo: Drums
  • Phil Spalding: Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Guy Babylon: Keyboard
  • Kiki Dee: Backing Vocals
  • Rick Astley: Backing Vocals
  • Gary Barlow: Backing Vocals

Cover versions

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[5] Gold February 6, 1995 15,000
France[6] Silver December 21, 1994 125,000
Sweden[7] Platinum March 29, 1995 20,000
U.S.[8] Gold August 17, 1994 500,000

Charts

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[9] 9
Austrian Singles Chart[10] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[11] 1
German Singles Chart[12] 14
Irish Singles Chart[13] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[14] 7
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 2
UK Singles Chart[16] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[18] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[19] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales[20] 6
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Dutch Mega Top 100[21] 14
Norwegian Singles Chart[22] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[23] 10
End of year chart (1994) Position
French Singles Chart[24] 18
End of year chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[25] 23
Preceded by
"7 Seconds" by Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry
French SNEP number one single
December 13, 1994 - February 4, 1995 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Short Dick Man" by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette
Awards
Preceded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" from Philadelphia
Academy Award for Best Original Song
1994
Succeeded by
"Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas

References

  1. ^ a b Roger Allers (director), Rob Minkoff (director). (2003-10-07). The Lion King: Platinum Edition, Disc 1, Director's Commentary. [DVD]. Los Angeles, California: Disney.  
  2. ^ "William Hung". Demand Entertainment. http://www.williamhung.net/clips.cfm. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  
  3. ^ "Amazon.com: Disneymania, Vol. 6: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Disneymania-Vol-6-Various-Artists/dp/B0015HZAPC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1207241940&sr=1-5. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DSWBAU
  5. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  7. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  8. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ "australian-charts.com". http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
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  11. ^ "lescharts.com". http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  12. ^ "charts-surfer.de". http://www.charts-surfer.de/. Retrieved January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12).  
  13. ^ "irishcharts.ie". http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12).  
  14. ^ "charts.org.nz". http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  16. ^ "everyhit.com search results". http://www.everyhit.com. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  17. ^ "Billboard.com Hot 100 Chart Listing For The Week Of Nov 12 1994". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3018632&cdi=6882904&cid=11%2F12%2F1994. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  18. ^ "Billboard.com Hot 100 Airplay Chart Listing For The Week Of Nov 12 1994". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=350&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+100+Airplay&ci=3018628&cdi=6882609&cid=11%2F12%2F1994. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  19. ^ "Billboard.com Hot Adult Contemporary Chart Listing For The Week Of Nov 26 1994". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=341&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Adult+Contemporary+Tracks&ci=3018594&cdi=6880749&cid=11%2F26%2F1994. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  20. ^ "Billboard.com Hot Singles Sales Chart Listing For The Week Of Nov 12 1994". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=353&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Singles+Sales&ci=3018640&cdi=6883406&cid=11%2F12%2F1994. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  21. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 11, 1995". http://www.radio538.nl/web/show/id=44685/chartid=5434. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  22. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  23. ^ "hitparade.ch". http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Can+You+Feel+The+Love+Tonight&cat=s. Retrieved November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19).  
  24. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  25. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
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