Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel - 1956


Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" (1956) "Don't Be Cruel" is a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. It was written by Otis Blackwell and Presley, becoming one of Presley's most significant hits. The song exemplifies the rockabilly style, a fusion of rock 'n' roll and country music, which was a hallmark of Presley's early career.

Background and Impact

"Elvis Presley", also known as the "King of Rock and Roll", was a pivotal figure in the popularization of this music genre. "Don't Be Cruel" showcases his unique vocal style and charisma. The song achieved significant commercial success and is often cited as one of the tracks that solidified Presley's status as a music icon.

Musical Elements

The song features a blend of upbeat rhythms, a simple but catchy melody, and Presley's distinct vocal delivery. It's an excellent example of the rockabilly style, which combines elements of rhythm and blues, country, and rock 'n' roll.

Cultural Significance

"Don't Be Cruel" not only marked a significant point in Presley's career but also in the evolution of popular music in the 1950s. It reflects the shift in American culture towards a new, youth-oriented paradigm.

Further Exploration

For those interested in delving deeper into the song and its context:

  1. Rockabilly
  2. 1950s American culture
  3. History of Rock 'n' Roll
  4. Elvis Presley's musical style

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Don't Be Cruel" released? (1956) (!1958) (!1960) (!1954)

Who co-wrote "Don't Be Cruel" with Elvis Presley? (Otis Blackwell) (!Jerry Leiber) (!Carl Perkins) (!Johnny Cash)

What music style is "Don't Be Cruel" primarily associated with? (Rockabilly) (!Blues) (!Jazz) (!Soul)

How did "Don't Be Cruel" impact Elvis Presley's career? (It solidified his status as a music icon) (!It was his debut single) (!It marked his transition into acting) (!It was his final hit before his military service)

What does "Don't Be Cruel" reflect about 1950s American culture? (The shift towards a youth-oriented paradigm) (!The dominance of jazz music) (!The rise of television) (!The political tensions of the Cold War)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Elvis Presley's nickname? (The King of Rock and Roll) (!The Duke of Rock) (!The Rockabilly Master) (!The Voice of America)

In which American city did Elvis Presley's career start? (Memphis) (!New York) (!Los Angeles) (!Nashville)

Which of the following genres did Elvis NOT typically perform? (Jazz) (!Rock 'n' Roll) (!Country) (!Gospel)

Elvis Presley served in which branch of the military? (The U.S. Army) (!The U.S. Navy) (!The U.S. Air Force) (!The U.S. Marines)

What was a notable characteristic of Elvis Presley's performance style? (His energetic and unique dance moves) (!Playing the piano) (!Solo acoustic guitar performances) (!Operatic singing style)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which of the following lines is from "Don't Be Cruel"? ("I don't want no other love, baby it's just you I'm thinking of.") (!"Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go.") (!"We can't go on together with suspicious minds.") (!"You ain't nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time.")

What is the primary theme of "Don't Be Cruel"? (Love and relationships) (!Travel and adventure) (!Personal freedom) (!Social change)

How does the song "Don't Be Cruel" start? ("You know I can be found, sitting home all alone") (!"Well, it's one for the money, two for the show") (!"A little less conversation, a little more action please") (!"Wise men say, only fools rush in")

In "Don't Be Cruel," what does the singer ask of his love interest? (Not to be cruel and to think of their love) (!To leave town together) (!To remember past love) (!To dance with him)

What emotion is prominently featured in "Don't Be Cruel"? (Longing) (!Anger) (!Joy) (!Indifference)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic.

Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll
1956 Release year of "Don't Be Cruel"
Otis Blackwell Co-writer of "Don't Be Cruel"
Rockabilly Music style of "Don't Be Cruel"
Love and relationships Main theme of "Don't Be Cruel"

Open Tasks


  1. Research Elvis Presley's early career: Explore the beginnings of Elvis Presley's career and how "Don't Be Cruel" fits into his early work.
  2. Create a playlist: Create a playlist of songs that share similarities with "Don't Be Cruel" in style or theme.
  3. Draw a picture: Illustrate a scene or emotion you feel when listening to "Don't Be Cruel."


  1. Write a short essay: Discuss the impact of "Don't Be Cruel" on 1950s American music and culture.
  2. Analyze the lyrics: Dive into the lyrics of "Don't Be Cruel" and explain their meaning and significance.
  3. Compare and contrast: Compare "Don't Be Cruel" with another Elvis Presley song in terms of style, theme, and cultural impact.


  1. Conduct an interview: Interview someone who lived during the 1950s about their memories and feelings towards "Don't Be Cruel."
  2. Create a documentary: Make a short documentary about the history and influence of "Don't Be Cruel."
  3. Write a research paper: Investigate the influence of rockabilly music on modern genres and cite "Don't Be Cruel" as a key example.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the evolution of rock 'n' roll: How did songs like "Don't Be Cruel" influence the development of rock 'n' roll?
  2. Examine Elvis Presley's influence: In what ways did Elvis Presley's style and image impact later musicians and performers?
  3. Analyze 1950s culture: How did songs like "Don't Be Cruel" reflect the cultural shifts of the 1950s in America?
  4. Compare musical genres: How does rockabilly differ from other musical genres of the same era?
  5. Evaluate musical legacy: Discuss the long-term impact of "Don't Be Cruel" on the music industry and popular culture.

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