(You're the) Devil in Disguise

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"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side"Please Don't Drag That String Around"
Released18 June 1963
RecordedMay 26, 1963, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreRock and roll, pop
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"One Broken Heart for Sale" / "They Remind Me Too Much of You"
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
"Bossa Nova Baby" / "Witchcraft"

Music video
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" (audio) on YouTube

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" is a 1963 single by Elvis Presley. It was written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye and was published by Elvis Presley Music in June 1963. The song peaked at No. 3 in the US on the Billboard singles chart on August 10, 1963, and No. 9 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues singles chart, becoming his last top ten single on those charts.[1] The single was certified "Gold" by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the US. The song also topped Japan's Utamatic record chart in the fall of 1963.[citation needed] In June 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, celebrity guest John Lennon, leader of The Beatles, voted the song "a miss" stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was "like Bing Crosby now". The song went on to reach No. 1 in the UK for a single week.[2]

Bill Porter engineered the song for the Elvis Presley recording session on May 26, 1963, at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" and its flipside, "Please Don't Drag That String Around", were recorded for a full-length album that was scheduled for release in 1963, but RCA chose instead to release the album piecemeal on singles and as soundtrack album bonus tracks.[3]

Bass singer Ray Walker, of the gospel vocal group The Jordanaires (who worked as Presley's backing vocalists for much of his early career), is featured in the song, singing the repeated phrase in a deep voice, in order to represent the devil: "Oh, yes, you are," before the song's fade. The recording appeared on the 1968 RCA Victor compilation Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Other versions[edit]

A cover version by Trisha Yearwood appears on the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, which consists mainly of covers of Presley songs. Punk rock band The Misfits covered the song on the extended edition of Project 1950, an album which also contained a cover of Presley's "Latest Flame".[27] Karel Gott recorded the song in 2012. The Residents, Tom Green, Ronnie McDowell, Showaddywaddy, and Peter Kraus have also recorded the song. Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana have performed the song live in concert.

In 1977, a Finnish band called Kontra covered the song in Finnish titled as "Nainen valepuvussa" in their debut album "Ei kontrollia" (Love Records LRLP 258).[28] Johnny Hallyday recorded the song in French in 1964.

In 2015 Swedish Fröken Elvis recorded the song with the title Psykopat.


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  21. ^ Top 100 Songs of 1963
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  26. ^ "American single certifications – Elvis Presley – Devil in Disguise". Recording Industry Association of America.
  27. ^ (You're the) Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires. Second Hand Songs.
  28. ^ "Moog Konttinen - discografia / Kontra".

External links[edit]

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" on YouTube