(You're the) Devil in Disguise
|"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|from the album Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4|
|B-side||"Please Don't Drag That String Around"|
|Released||18 June 1963|
|Format||7" vinyl 45 picture sleeve|
|Recorded||May 26, 1963, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Genre||Rock and roll, pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
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 the Rhythm and Blues charts. 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, 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 No. 1 in the UK for a single week.
Bill Porter engineered the song for the Elvis Presley recording session on 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.
Bass singer Ray Walker, of the gospel vocal group The Jordanaires (who also worked as Presley's backing vocalists for much of his career), is featured in the song, singing the repeated phrase, "Oh, yes, you are," before the song's fade.
The recording appeared on the 1968 RCA Victor compilation Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4.
- Elvis Presley – vocals
- The Jordanaires – backing vocals
- Millie Kirkham - backing vocals
- Scotty Moore – rhythm guitar
- Grady Martin - lead guitar
- Harold Bradley - "tic-tac" bass
- Floyd Cramer – piano
- Bob Moore – double bass
- D. J. Fontana – drums
- Buddy Harman - drums
- Boots Randolph - shakers
Charts and certifications
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". 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). Johnny Hallyday recorded the song in French in 1964.
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