(You're the) Devil in Disguise

(You're the) Devil in Disguise

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Please Don't Drag That String Around"
Released 1963
Format 7"
Recorded May 26, 1963, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rock and roll, R&B
Length 2:17
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"One Broken Heart for Sale"
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
"Bossa Nova Baby"
Guitar Solo by Grady Martin

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" is a UK number one single by Elvis Presley which was written by the songwriters Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye. It was published by Elvis Presley Music in 1963. This song peaked at number three in the US on the Billboard singles chart and number nine on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues singles chart, becoming his last top ten single on the Rhythm and Blues 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.

In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was "like Bing Crosby now". The song went on to reach number 1 in the UK[2]

Presley originally recorded the song May 26, 1963 at RCA Studios in Nashville. "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" and its flipside, "Please Don't Drag That String Around", was 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 J.D. Sumner is featured in the song, singing in a low register to represent the Devil with the repeated phrase "Oh, Yes, You Are", before the song's fade.


  • Charts and certifications 1
    • Weekly charts 1.1
    • Year-End charts 1.2
    • Decade-End charts 1.3
    • Certifications 1.4
    • Chart succession 1.5
  • In popular culture 2
  • References 3

Charts and certifications

Chart succession

Preceded by
"Confessin' (That I Love You)" by Frank Ifield
UK Singles Chart number-one single
August 1, 1963
Succeeded by
"Sweets for My Sweet" by The Searchers
Irish Singles Chart number-one single of 1963
August 9, 1963 – August 23, 1963
Preceded by
"Lucky Lips" by Cliff Richard
VG-lista number-one single of 1963
Succeeded by
"Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto

In popular culture

Presley's original recording plays during the closing scene of the 1989 comedy film She-Devil, as Roseanne Barr's character Ruth Patchett walks along a Manhattan sidewalk in an ocean of working girls. The song was also featured in the film's trailer.

The song was featured in Lilo & Stitch, a 2002 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on June 21, 2002, as well as in Godzilla, released by Warner Brothers on May 16 of 2014.

A cover version by Trisha Yearwood appears on Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, which consists mainly of covers of Presley songs.

The song was used in a 2010 TV commercial for the Nissan Altima.

English band Hollow Horse recorded a version entitled "Tory in Disguise" about former British prime minister Tony Blair.

The song featured in a 1993 television advertisement for the launch of the Volvo 850.

Werner Müller - You're The Devil In Disguise

Amanda Lear covered the song on her 2014 tribute album My Happiness.


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