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Devil In Her Heart

The history of this classic Beatles song


Devil In Her Heart
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Devil In Her Heart

Written by: Richard P. Drapkin
Recorded: July 18, 1963 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: August 21 and October 29, 1963
Length: 2:22
Takes: 6
Musicians: John Lennon: backing vocal, rhythm guitar (1958 Rickenbacker 325)
Paul McCartney: backing vocal, bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead vocal (double-tracked), lead guitar (1962 Gretsch 6122 "Country Gentleman")
Ringo Starr: drums (1963 Black Oyster Pearl Ludwig kit)
Released on: (CDs in bold)
  • With The Beatles, (UK: Parlophone PMC 1206; PCS 3045, Parlophone CDP 7 46436 2, US: Capitol CLJ 46436)
  • The Beatles' Second Album, (US: Capitol (S)T 2080, Capitol CDP 7243 8 66877 2 2)
  • The rarest song covered by the Beatles, the Donays' original version of "Devil In Her Heart" (called "Devil In His Heart," as the Donays were a girl group) was released in 1962 on Detroit's Correc-Tone label, then re-released nationally as Brent 7033, then released as Oriole 1760 in the UK, where the Beatles heard it in manager Brian Epstein's record store, NEMS. It was used in their 1963 sets as a solo vocal vehicle for George.
  • This track was recorded during the first session for With The Beatles, just after work was completed on "Money" and just before work began on "Till There Was You."
BBC versions: 2 (for the BBC radio program Pop Go The Beatles)
  • The Beatles' version is faster than the original, and emphasizes its Latin flavor a bit more, but is otherwise identical. Several lyrical substitutions are made, however, besides the obvious gender switch: "This someday you'll see" is replaced by "She's an angel sent to me," a later line, while "No, not me will he deceive" becomes "No, no, nay will she deceive."
  • Though the Donays' original version was never a hit in the US or the UK, it has become quite popular with the Northern Soul crowd, in part due to the exposure given it by the Beatles' cover.
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