(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
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"

"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" is a UK number one single by Elvis Presley which was written by the songwriting team Giant, Baum and Kaye and published by Elvis Presley Music in 1963. It 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.

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."[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]

The song is noted for Presley's sounding like the devil during the fade, when he sings in a deep low voice, the words: "Oh, Yes you are", a few times.

Uses in popular culture

The song was featured in Lilo & Stitch, a 2002 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on June 21, 2002.

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.


  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. pp. 335. ISBN 978-0-385-66100-3. 
  3. ^ Christopher Niccoli (1991), liner notes for The "Lost" Album (BMG-RCA 61024-2), 1991
Preceded by
"Confessin' (That I Love You)" by Frank Ifield
UK number one single
1 August 1963
Succeeded by
"Sweets for My Sweet" by The Searchers

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