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"Devil in His Heart"
Single by the Donays
A-side"Bad Boy"
Brent (7033)
Oriole (UK; CBA 1770)
Songwriter(s)Richard B. 'Ricky Dee' Drapkin

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


The song was originally recorded as "Devil in His Heart" in Detroit by the Donays for Correc-tone Records. It was later picked up by the New York City label Brent and re-released in August 1962 as "(There's a) Devil in His Heart", the B-side of "Bad Boy". [1] 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. [2] 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

"Devil in Her Heart"
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B-side label of French single
Song by the Beatles
from the album With the Beatles
ReleasedNovember 22, 1963
RecordedJuly 18, 1963
Genre Pop rock
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s)Richard Drapkin
Producer(s) George Martin

As "Devil in Her Heart", the song was performed by English rock band the Beatles with George Harrison on lead vocals. [3] It was issued on their second UK album, With the Beatles, in November 1963. [4] The recording was completed in three takes, plus overdubs. [5]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald [6]

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

When Mojo released a reworking of With the Beatles in 2013, the track was covered by Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou of bluegrass band Indigo Moss. [7]


  1. ^ "The Donays - Bad Boy".
  2. ^ Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2014). All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. Running Press. ISBN  978-1-60376-371-4.
  3. ^ Harry (2000), p. 336
  4. ^ Lewisohn (1988), p. 200
  5. ^ Lewisohn (1988), p. 34
  6. ^ MacDonald (2005), p. 89
  7. ^ "We're With The Beatles - Track Listing | Mojo Cover CDs - The Definitive List". Mojo Cover CDs. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.