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Don't Be Cruel

4.6 / 5

Words & Music: Elvis Presley Otis Blackwell

You know I can be found,
sitting home all alone,
If you can't come around,
at least please telephone.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.

Baby, if I made you mad
for something I might have said,
Please, let's forget the past,
the future looks bright ahead,
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.

Don't stop thinking of me,
don't make me feel this way,
Come on over here and love me,
you know what I want you to say.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
Why should we be apart?
I really love you baby, cross my heart.

Let's walk up to the preacher
and let us say I do,
Then you'll know you'll have me,
and I'll know that I'll have you,
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.

Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.

Recordingdate: 1956/07/02, first released on: single (album)


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Lex wrote on June 05, 2008
One word: classic!
My boy, my boy wrote on July 04, 2008
I wonder who had the bad idea to put that one as Hound Dog's B-side back then! Not the best marketing decision of 1956...
JLpResLey wrote on July 04, 2008
Could be his best one. I think it was one of the songs from the fifties that Elvis didn´t get fed up with. He did a lot of good versions. I think the version on the Ed Sullivan Show (1956) is my favourite, but there´s also an awesome version on Comeback Special.
dressingroomrehearsa wrote on July 04, 2008
so, don't be cruel...¦-)
Pedro Nuno wrote on July 04, 2008
My all time favourite Rock Song! A milestone in Rock Music coupled with Hound Dog, being the 1st double “A side” single of Rock History! The King at his best as a performer and producer!
Ton Bruins wrote on July 04, 2008
Sure a classic..but I almost never listen to the master. Best version for me is the one in the 68 comeback.
Steve V wrote on July 04, 2008
ONe of the best songs of all time. One can never get tired of it. The 1956 studio version is the classic version, with the Sullivans a close second. The later live versions were usually done as part of a medley which was 'cruel' to this song. Greatest B side in the history of recorded music!
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on July 04, 2008
One of Elvis' BEST- TRULY A CLASSIC! I always love hearing it. This song stands the test of time.
Natha wrote on July 04, 2008
Well, what to add! Really the top of RnR. Again there is the drive and emerging forceful style that made Elvis the king of music. The development of this song throughout the years is interesting though. Fitting in related to age, time and musical trends. Superb.
Shakingruud wrote on September 03, 2008
Even today this masterpiece sounds so powerful, unbelievable.... a true classic
Steve Morse wrote on September 03, 2008
Pure pop perfection . . . the original version, that is. The 1968 version is OK, but almost a different song, presentation-wise. The 1970s versions were occasionally palatable, but mostly speeded up and watered down, bearing no resemblance to the original treatment. A sad way to treat a pop classic.
OtisBlue22 wrote on September 03, 2008
Talk about value for money! Don't Be Cruel (which he heard for the first time in the studio and recorded in 28 takes) AND Hound Dog on the same single?!! My favourite version is the one he played on his third Ed Sullivan show appearance, where he enunciates "telly-phone" after messing around with the idea at Sun Studio a month earlier. In the fifties, as far as recorded evidence goes, he seemed to put so much effort into every performance (just look at the length -- and strength -- of Love Me and Love Me Tender on his 2nd Sullivan show appearance and compare it to the 70's). Strange that Elvis didn't pronounce "telephone" as "telly-phone" in the seventies. Maybe he just didn't care. But after watching his '68 sit-down shows, one might reasonably assume that, having already revisited his past to great effect (in 1968), he'd been there and done that. It was time to move on and do something different, and for his boldness in totally changing his style and his image, I admire him.
JerryNodak wrote on September 03, 2008
Yes, it's still a masterpiece. But I've been hearing it off and on since I was 6 years old. That's 52 years ago. I'm tired of the song. "Hound Dog," too!
bluesboy wrote on September 03, 2008
The most instantly recognizeble intro in rock's history helps to make this song what is : just irresistible.
Dan wrote on November 13, 2008
From what I understand, The million or so people who baught the 45 "Hound Dog", didn't realize Don't be Cruel" was on the flipside, and when that song soared up the charts, the same million people went out and bought the same 45 again! ...That Colonel!!!!
theoldscudder wrote on November 13, 2008
Terriffic song that sounds as good today as it did way back then. Never get tired of it.
Elvis Rimes wrote on November 13, 2008
One of Elvis' definitive performances. He instantly delivers for RCA, an absolute belter....I'm going to use the cliche 'a classic'. :u)
derekd wrote on May 16, 2010
The intro says it all, pure Elvis Presley. Only the 'b' side, who are you kidding. The best value single of all time.
Deano1 wrote on November 26, 2010
Perhaps the best Elvis song of them all...One word - PERFECTION!
sugartummy wrote on March 02, 2013
And then to think that Elvis prefered Jackie Wilson's version. Scotty playes the intro and the outro; nothing more. And Elvis slaps the behind of his guitar again. Jerry Lee Lewis thought this to be Elvis' best song. I don't, but it's a classic.
shawnrw wrote on January 04, 2014
What can you say, 5 stars is not enough, 10 stars may not be enough. This is what rock music is meant to be. Slick production that just slides across the ears, and is loaded with energy, fun, humor, sex and life.
Gorse wrote on August 31, 2014
Can't believe I have not commented before this date, and possibly the finest recording in his 50's repertoire. The Sullivan performances were timeless experiences and revisited many times by me.
Cruiser621 wrote on August 31, 2014
5-Stars without hesitation, period. A timeless classic. The versions he sang during his live shows don't come close to the original.
ElvisSacramento wrote on September 01, 2014
This song is a true masterpiece and Elvis' July 2, 1956 smash #1 hit studio recording of it is easily the best version of this classic gem. This is easily one of the very best songs that's ever been written. I rate this iconic song and Elvis' hit studio recording of it 5 Stars.
MickeyN wrote on September 06, 2014
atomic powered poste wrote on June 13, 2018
Sometimes, as a fan who has heard this a million times, you might forget how charming and catchy this really is. A gigantic hit and a signature song for very good reasons, 5 stars of course.
Bill (BW) wrote on June 13, 2018
My favorite Elvis song and my favorite song of all time. A true classic.
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