Can You Feel the Love Tonight – String Quintet
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
|“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”|
|Single by Elton John|
|from the album The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||May 12, 1994|
|Format||CD, vinyl record (7″), audio cassette|
|Songwriter(s)||Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)|
|Elton John singles chronology|
|The Lion King track listing|
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is a 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. 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. The song was a number-one hit in France, and it sold 11 million copies worldwide.
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 followup 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 with the “Peter Gunn Theme” playing while they try.