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Fallin' in Love (Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song)

"Fallin' In Love" is a song recorded and released by the trio of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. The song was written by band member Dan Hamilton. Released in the summer of 1975, the song became the group's second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. (following 1971's "Don't Pull Your Love" which peaked at #4), and it was their only song to reach the #1 position on this chart. It was also the only pop #1 hit for the Playboy Records label.[2]

"Fallin' in Love"
Fallin' in Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.jpg
Single by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
from the album Fallin' in Love
B-side"So Good at Lovin' You"
ReleasedMay 1975
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length3:02 (LP version)
3:11 (7" version)
LabelPlayboy Records
Songwriter(s)Dan Hamilton, Ann Hamilton
Producer(s)Jim Price
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds singles chronology
"Daisy Mae"
"Fallin' in Love"
"Winners and Losers"

"Fallin' in Love" was also a #1 hit on the adult contemporary chart in the U.S. for one week in 1975.[3] In addition, the song reached number twenty-four on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart.[4]

The song was covered by La Bouche in 1995 on their debut album Sweet Dreams, and sampled by Canadian rapper/singer Drake for his single "Best I Ever Had".

The song was featured in the 2007 film The Hitcher.

Chart performanceEdit


In a lawsuit filed June 24, 2010, Playboy Enterprises sued Drake for copyright infringement by over allegations that his breakout smash "Best I Ever Had" sampled "Fallin' in Love", without attribution or permission.

The suit names Drake, as well as Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group, and asserts that Playboy "has suffered, and will continue to suffer irreparable injury" from the alleged infringement. The lawsuit demands that "all infringing works be recalled and destroyed."

As part of its claim, Playboy also alleges that "each defendant either knew, or should have reasonably known, that the sound recording was protected by copyright."[12]

La Bouche versionEdit

"Fallin' in Love"
Single by La Bouche
from the album Sweet Dreams
ReleasedJune 12, 1995
  • Dan Hamilton
  • Ann Marie Hamilton
Producer(s)D. C. Montez
La Bouche singles chronology
"Be My Lover"
"Fallin' in Love"
"I Love to Love"
Music video
"Fallin' in Love" on YouTube

"Fallin' in Love" was covered in 1995 by the band La Bouche. It was the third single of their album Sweet Dreams and was released in June 1995, although the song did not gain popularity in the United States until the following year following the success of the first two singles, "Be My Lover" and "Sweet Dreams". Though it did well in several countries, it achieved a minor success in comparison with previous releases.

This song has had remix versions. The album version is a midtempo pop-soul number that is faithful to the original Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds version with some additional lyrics; however, the version that was released late in 1996 to U.S. Top 40 radio, was a dance remix.

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard wrote about the song: "German duo gives a 1975 pop hit by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds a springy pop/dance spin that will fit top 40 and crossover formats like a comfy glove. Front woman Melanie Thornton has an appropriately flashy delivery that shines atop the track's shuffling rhythms, while partner Lane McCray's rap interludes are pleasant—if not gratefully unobtrusive."[13]

The Gavin Report wrote: "...Melanie Thornton and Lane McCray make this new version sparkle. Already bolstered by a substantial amount of airplay, this production has everything in place to be hit number three for this twosome."[14]

Track listingsEdit

CD single
  1. "Fallin' in Love" (radio version) — 3:30
  2. "Fallin' in Love" (full harmony club mix) — 4:50
CD maxi (June 12, 1995)
  1. "Fallin' in Love" (radio version) — 3:30
  2. "Fallin' in Love" (full harmony club mix) — 4:50
  3. "Fallin' in Love" (Melody-La Bouche chant. club mix) — 5:15
  4. "Fallin' in Love" (the wedding club mix) — 4:20
  5. "Fallin' in Love" (crazy wedding club mix) — 4:40
  6. "Fallin' in Love" (franks house mix) — 5:52
  7. "Fallin' in Love" (spike house mix) — 5:22
  8. "Fallin' in Love" (fallin' in dub) — 6:21
12" maxi
  1. "Fallin' in Love" (franks house mix) — 5:52
  2. "Fallin' in Love" (the wedding club mix) — 4:20
  3. "Fallin' in Love" (Melody-La Bouche chant. club mix) — 5:15
  4. "Fallin' in Love" (spike house mix) — 5:22


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See alsoEdit


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  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 24 September 1995 - 30 September 1995". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
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