Kacey Musgraves has recorded a version of the 1961 Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the upcoming soundtrack to director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic “Elvis,” the singer has revealed.
The country-pop star noted that she covered the song on Monday while walking the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala. Musgraves was there with Luhrmann, Priscilla Presley and members of the film’s cast.
Soundtrack details have been hard to come by so far, with few public revelations beyond the fact that the album’s lead single, “Vegas” by Doja Cat, which includes an interpolation of Presley’s hit “Hounddog”. will be out this Friday. Doja Cat premiered a partial version of the song live during her two Coachella appearances in April.
Beyond that, all that has been officially said about the soundtrack is that it will be on RCA, Presley’s label; that it will be released in “summer” (presumably early summer, since the film comes out just three days after the start of summer, June 24); and that it will include contributions from a number of renowned artists representing different genres.
The news that Musgraves is involved is a further indication that the album may include a lot of material from singers who are not part of the film’s cast. And probably a few who are, too: Luhrmann was at Coachella checking out not just Doja Cat but also sets for Yola and Shonka Dukureh, who play Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Mama Thornton, respectively.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” started life as a soundtrack song. It was a No. 2 US hit for Presley after recording it for the “Blue Hawaii” soundtrack in 1961, and it quickly became a standard. Originally considered an easy listening song, it first caught the attention of 1960s performers like Perry Como, the Lennon Sisters, Doris Day, Patti Page, Andy Williams, Al Martino and Keely Smith.
Bob Dylan was the first major rocker to tackle it, on his controversial 1973 album “Dylan”. But it didn’t really start to catch on with the rock generation until U2 started closing their shows with the early ’90s-era song “Achtung Baby,” and UB40 had a version. to success in 1993. It has since been taken up on disc. or live from Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Andrea Bocelli, Beck, Spiritualized, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, A-Teens, Haley Reinhart and Evan Rachel Wood, among dozens of others. The Stylistics even had an unlikely disco hit with him in 1976.
Talk with Varietyof Marc Malkin on the red carpet, Luhrmann always played him close to the waistcoat, but not too close, saying only of Musgraves’ contribution that “she has a song in the movie – something to do with love”.