‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’: The Ongoing Saga of Pop’s Most Contentious Song

Three years ago, when Disney announced a remake of its animated classic The Lion King, it was easy to be skeptical: With the original still so beloved, was an upgrade even necessary? But at least one family in South Africa was hopeful. In both the first movie and a later stage production, The Lion King features “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a Sixties pop hit that has its roots in “Mbube,” a song written and recorded in the Thirties by South African singer and migrant worker Solomon Linda. For decades, Linda
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The Lion King Soundtrack Has All the Classic Hits (and a New Song by Elton John!)

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Let's be honest: the best part of any classic Disney film is the music. That's why we're So ready for the soundtrack of the live-action reboot of The Lion King, especially after all the sneak peeks we've gotten of the cast singing our favorite tunes.

The soundtrack features new recordings of the original songs, which will include African vocal and choir arrangements created by South African producer Lebo M. Not only does the star-studded - and ridiculously talented - cast bring a unique spin to all the classics, but dynamic duo Elton John and Tim Rice have also written a new song for the film that we cannot wait to hear! Check out the tracklist for the soundtrack ahead and get ready to listen to the full playlist when the album drops along with the movie on July 19.

Related: The New Trailer For Disney's Lion King Reboot Introduces Us to Simba,
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Outlaw Singer Dillon Carmichael Covers ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ for Elvis Presley’s Birthday

Outlaw Singer Dillon Carmichael Covers ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ for Elvis Presley’s Birthday
Retro-country newcomer Dillon Carmichael salutes the King of Rock & Roll with an intimate cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” posted in honor of the late icon’s birthday. Presley would have turned 84 on January 8th.

Dedicating the performance to his grandfather Harold, who he says “taught me to sing with these songs” in the video’s description, Carmichael leans into his neo-traditional reputation, presenting the tender ballad in raw acoustic fashion. With his commanding baritone on full display, the Kentucky native delivers the whole track in one uncut take,
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Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on a Kalimba Sounds Kind of Awesome

Can’t Help Falling In Love was originally written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. It was performed by Elvis Presley for his movie Blue Hawaii in 1961. By the next year his version of the song had topped the British charts and become a huge sensation in England and in America. Elvis Presley’s voice was loved just about everywhere he went, and this song was eventually sung by other groups that put their own spin on the tune, such as UB40, a British reggae band that topped the Us and UK charts with this song in 1993.

Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on a Kalimba Sounds Kind of Awesome
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Luigi Creatore, Elvis Hitmaker, Dies at 93

Luigi Creatore, who with his cousin Hugo Peretti wrote and produced iconic hits for such stars as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Perry Como, Sarah Vaughan, Della Reese, Jimmie Rodgers, Patti Page and many others, including the Tokens' Lion Sleeps Tonight, Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love and Wild in the Country, and Cook's Another Saturday Night and Twistin' the Night Away, died of pneumonia at a Boca Raton hospice on Sunday, Dec. 13.He was 93.
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'What a Wonderful World' and 'Can't Help Falling in Love' Composer Dies

George David Weiss, the man behind classic tunes "What a Wonderful World" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" has died at his home in New Jersey. He was 89. The songwriter also penned "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for The Tokens with Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore.

His other credits include "Confess", which was recorded by Patti Page, Perry Como's "Surrender" and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 1946 hit "Mr. Wonderful". Weiss was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.

A former president of the Songwriters Guild of America, Weiss, was born in Manhattan in 1921 and fought his family over his passion for music - his mother wanted her son to become a lawyer. He graduated from the Julliard School in New York with a degree in music and went on to serve as a military bandleader in World War II before becoming a full-time songwriter.
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