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Welcome to my Dont Be Cruel chords page you'll find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format.  

Dont Be Cruel Chords
Lyrics, Demo, Tutorial

elvis presley dont be cruel chords

Don't Be Cruel was one of Elvis Presley's most iconic and well-known songs. Elvis recorded "Don't Be Cruel" on July 2, 1956, at RCA Studios in New York City. It was released as a single on July 13, 1956.
The single became a massive hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and staying there for eleven weeks. It also reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

"Don't Be Cruel" is an uptempo rock and roll song with a catchy rhythm and a blend of R&B and country influences. It features Elvis' dynamic and energetic vocal delivery.

The B-side of the single was "Hound Dog," another song that became a massive hit for Elvis.

"Don't Be Cruel" is often regarded as one of the pivotal songs in rock and roll history. It's celebrated for its contribution to the evolution of the genre and its impact on popular music.

The song's popularity contributed to Elvis' rapid rise to stardom, and it played a significant role in shaping his image as a dynamic and charismatic performer. "Don't Be Cruel" is one of Elvis Presley's signature songs, recognized for its impact on rock and roll and its enduring popularity.

Dont Be Cruel Chords

  • Drop D - Yes
  • Capo - No
  • Strumming - down down up down up down up and repeat with walking bass
  • Picking - No
  • Chords - D-G-Em-A

Dont Be Cruel Lyrics

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 my 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, mmh

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

Chords & Lyrics


Don't Be Cruel Tips

With this song I like to use a drop D tuning so I can incorporate some walking bass into the rhythm using the four chords, D, G, Em and A.

The rhythm on this song is a down down up down up down up and repeat as you play some of the walking bass notes, which I fully explain in the full lesson tutorial.

There is no lead work in this song, just straight rhythm.

Some Elvis Trivia about Don't Be Cruel

"Don't Be Cruel" was written by Otis Blackwell, who also co-wrote Elvis' hit "All Shook Up." Blackwell's songwriting played a significant role in shaping Elvis' early rock and roll sound.

Otis Blackwell initially wrote "Don't Be Cruel" with the intention of offering it to another artist, like Fats Domino. However, it was offered to Elvis, who recognized its potential and recorded it.

The recording session for "Don't Be Cruel" featured prominent studio musicians, including Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass, and D.J. Fontana on drums, along with other seasoned session players.

"Don't Be Cruel" was released as a double A-side single with "Hound Dog." This pairing became one of the best-selling singles in history, with both songs topping the charts.

The master take of "Don't Be Cruel" was achieved in a single take during the recording session. The band's chemistry and Elvis' vocal performance came together seamlessly.

The single spent a record-setting 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of the longest-running chart-toppers in history.

"Don't Be Cruel" is often cited as a pivotal song that bridged the gap between rock and roll and pop music. Its crossover success showcased Elvis' ability to reach a wide audience.

The song's success wasn't limited to the United States. It became an international hit, cementing Elvis' status as a global music phenomenon.

"Don't Be Cruel" is recognized as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."

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