(You're the) Devil in Disguise

"Devil in Disguise" redirects here. For other uses, see Devil in Disguise (disambiguation).
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Please Don't Drag That String Around"
Released June 1963
Format 7"
Recorded May 26, 1963, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:17
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"One Broken Heart for Sale"
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
"Bossa Nova Baby"

Guitar Solo by Grady Martin

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

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" is a 1963 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 June 1963. This song peaked at number three in the US on the Billboard singles chart on August 10, 1963 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 for a single week.[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

Weekly charts

Chart (1963) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 1
Canada (CHUM Chart)[5] 1
Finland (Finnish Singles Chart) 1
French Singles (SNICP)[6] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 1
New Zealand Singles (NZFPI)[5] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 3
US Hot R&B Sides[13] 9
Chart (2005) Peak
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 58

Year-end charts

Chart (1963) Rank
US Singles (Cash Box)[17] 76

Decade-end charts

Chart (1960-69) Rank
German Singles (Boxen-Schlager)[5] 107


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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 1, 1963 – August 15, 1963
Preceded by
"Lucky Lips" by Cliff Richard
VG-lista number-one single of 1963
Succeeded by
"Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto

Other versions

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". Swedish comedian Robert Gustafsson made a cover in the 90 's.

In popular culture

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" is featured in Kenneth Anger's short film Scorpio Rising.

The song is featured in Disney's Lilo & Stitch and its soundtrack, notably during a sequence where Lilo tries to make Stitch a "model citizen" by using Presley as a role model, with the latter title character playing ukulele to the tune of the guitar solo.


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468.
  2. Norman, Philip (2008). John Lennon: The Life. Doubleday Canada. p. 335. ISBN 978-0-385-66100-3.
  3. Christopher Niccoli (1991), liner notes for The "Lost" Album (BMG-RCA 61024-2), 1991
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  5. 1 2 3 Steve Hawtin; et al. (2013-01-27). "Song artist 2 - Elvis Presley". Tsort pages. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
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  8. "The Irish Charts – Search charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. 2008. To use, type "Devil Disguise" in the "Search by Song Title" search var and click search. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  9. "Dutchcharts.nl – Elvis Presley – (You're the) Devil in Disguise" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  10. "Topp 20 Single uke 30, 1963 – VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958" (in Norwegian). VG-lista. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  11. "Archive Chart: 1963-08-03" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  12. "Elvis Presley – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Elvis Presley.
  13. "Elvis Presley - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  14. "Elvis Presley – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Elvis Presley.
  15. "Dutchcharts.nl – Elvis Presley – (You're the) Devil in Disguise" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  16. "Swedishcharts.com – Elvis Presley – (You're the) Devil in Disguise". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  17. "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1963". Cash Box Magazine. 1963-12-28. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  18. "American single certifications – Elvis Presley – Devil in Disguise". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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