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Devil In Her Heart

Written by Richard Drapkin

Album This song officially appears on the With the Beatles (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Devil in His Heart” is a song written by Richard Drapkin, who recorded under the name Ricky Dee.

Recordings

The song was originally recorded as “Devil in His Heart” in Detroit by The Donays for Correc-tone Records. The song was later picked up by the New York City label Brent and was re-released in August 1962, as “(There’s a) Devil in His Heart” with the B-side “Bad Boy“. This pairing also appeared in the United Kingdom on the Oriole label in 1962. The record was not a hit on either side of the Atlantic. The Donays only made one recording, but their lead singer Yvonne Vernee (real name Yvonne Symington) also recorded solo, and later joined The Elgins at Motown.

The Beatles’ version

As “Devil in Her Heart“, the song was performed by the Beatles with George Harrison on lead vocals. It was recorded and issued on their second UK album, With the Beatles, in November 1963. The recording was completed in three takes, plus overdubs.

A BBC recording of the song was issued in 1995 as a B-side to “Baby It’s You“.

FromĀ The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 21 Aug 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1206 With the Beatles 1963.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46436 2 With the Beatles 1987.
  • [b] stereo 29 Oct 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3045 With the Beatles 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2080 Second 1964.
  • [b2] mono made from [b] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2080 Second 1964.

Last updated on February 8, 2016

Lyrics

She's got the devil in her heart
But her eyes they tantalise
She's gonna tear your heart apart
Oh her lips they really thrill me

I'll take my chances
For romance is
So important to me
She'll never hurt me
She won't desert me
She's an angel sent to me

She's got the devil in her heart
No, no, this I can't believe
She's gonna tear your heart apart
No, no nay will she deceive

I can't believe that she'll ever ever go
Not when she hugs and says she loves me so
She'll never hurt me
She won't desert me
Listen can't you see?

She's got the devil in her heart
Oh, no, no, no, this I can't believe
She's gonna tear your heart apart
No no nay will she deceive

Don't take chances if your romance is
So important to you
She'll never hurt me
She won't desert me
She's an angel sent to me

She's got the devil in her heart
No, no, no, no this I can't believe
She's gonna tear your heart apart
No, no nay will she deceive

She's got the devil in her heart
No she's an angel sent to me
She's got the devil in her heart
No she's an angel sent to me

Officially appears on


With the Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:26 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 21, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


With the Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:26 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:29 • Studio versionB2 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:29 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Baby It's You

EP • Released in 1995

2:23 • Radio showL1

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 20, 1963


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

2:22 • Radio showL2 • This is the second BBC performance of "Devil In Her Heart". The first version, recorded on 20 August 1963, was released on the Baby It's You EP in 1995. "Devil In His Heart" was the B-side of "Bad Boy" - the only record made by four Detroit school girls called The Donays. Their American single on Brent was picked up by the British label Oriole for release in September 1962.

Ian Grant:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 24, 1963

Bootlegs


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

2:23 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 7

Unofficial album

2:23 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:43 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 20, 1963


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 7

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:53 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 24, 1963


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 7th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:37 • Rehearsal • Jan.07 - D4-35 - Devil In Her Heart 7.123

Session Recording:
Jan 07, 1969
Studio:
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


Live performances

“Devil In Her Heart” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Devil In Her Heart” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Aug 20, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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