Elvis Presley

(You're The) Devil in Disguise

Composed by Bernie Baum / Buddy Kaye

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The songwriting team of Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, and Florence Kaye began contributing songs to Elvis Presley's movies with "Sound Advice" in Follow That Dream (1962). But 1963's "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" was an independent song as well as the best composition the writers had yet placed with Presley. It was well crafted to his talents, beginning with a rhythmic ballad style in which the narrator tells his girlfriend that she has the attributes of an angel. Then the arrangement abruptly breaks into rock & roll as the narrator intones the song's title. This fast-and-slow effect is repeated throughout the song for a highly entertaining effect. There is not much to the song beyond that gimmick -- the tune is repetitious and the lyrics are clich├ęd -- but Presley's vocal and his band's playing turn it into a roller coaster ride. "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" was the clear standout of the 14 songs Presley recorded over two days, May 26-27, 1963, and the song was quickly chosen as his next single. It was in the charts a month later, going Top Five pop and Top Ten R&B, and earning a gold record. It also marked the end of an era for Presley, who, according to chart researcher Joel Whitburn, was the top pop singles artist for every year from 1956 to 1962, except for 1959 when he was in the army (but still ranked in the Top Ten). Presley had turned increasingly to movie work, and the May 1963 session turned out to be his last non-soundtrack recording date for three years. "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" was his biggest record of 1963, a year when he slipped from first to 14th place on the list of top pop singles artists. It was his last newly recorded song to reach the Top Five for six years. ("Crying in the Chapel," a 1965 hit, had been recorded in 1960.) The song has not had much exposure beyond its initial success and inclusion on Presley hits collections. But Trisha Yearwood sang it on the soundtrack of the all-Presley song score for the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4 1968 BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Elvis' 50 Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1 1970 RCA 2:18
No Image 1972 RCA
No Image 1975 Arcade Music
No Image 1978 RCA
No Image 1981
No Image 1982 Camden
No Image 1984 Camden
All Time Greatest Hits 1986 BMG International 2:20
The Top Ten Hits 1987 RCA 2:18
Jailhouse Rock [Ariola Express] 1989 Ariola Express
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Elvis, the King - 1954-1965 1990 2:18
The Lost Album 1991 RCA 2:20
No Image 1993 RCA 2:20
His Life and Music 1995 Life Times & Music 2:20
Gold: The Very Best of the King 1995 BMG International 2:23
No Image 1997
Original Cast Recording
RCA 2:07
Greatest Jukebox Hits 1997 RCA 2:20
The Elvis Presley Collection: Rock 'N' Roll [Time-Life] 1997 Time/Life Music
All the Best, Vol. 1-2 1999 BMG International 2:21
Artist of the Century 1999 RCA 2:21
No Image 1999 RCA 2:20
Elvis 2000 2000 BMG International 2:21
Best of Artist of the Century 2000 RCA 2:22
Legendary [BMG] 2000 Sony Music Distribution 2:22
The 50 Greatest Hits 2000 RCA 2:23
Meer Dan Het Beste Van Elvis Presley 2001 BMG International 2:21
Swedish Hit Collection 2001 BMG International 2:21
Simply the Best of the 60's [2001 Boxset] 2001
Various Artists
BMG 2:22
Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits 2002 RCA 2:23
Elvis Forever [2004] 2004 RCA
(You're The) Devil In Disguise 2005 RCA 3:34
Hitstory 2005 Sony BMG 2:22
The Essential Elvis Presley [RCA/Sony BMG] 2007 RCA / Sony Music 2:23
King 2007 Sony BMG 2:21
No Image 2007 RCA 2:19
Dutch Collection 2007 BMG/RCA 2:21
100 Hits: Pop 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits / Crimson Productions / Demon 2:22
Halloween Hits [Crimson] 2008
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:21
Elvis: Timeless Favorites 2008
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:22
Elvis 75 2009 RCA / Sony Music Entertainment 2:22
Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight 2009 Legacy / RCA 2:21
The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 2010 Legacy / RCA
No Image 2012 RCA International 2:23
Music & Photos 2013 RCA
The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs 2013 Sony Music 2:20
60s: Elvis Presley 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:21
Elvis 80 2015 Sony Music 2:19
The  RCA Album Collection 2016 Legacy / Sony Music 2:23
30 #1 Hits/2nd to None RCA 2:23
50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977 Sony Music Entertainment 2:22
Danske Single Hits
No Image K-Tel 2:17
Turn Me Loose: The Songs of Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Various Artists
Retroactive 2:21
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