Don’t Be Cruel

by Elvis Presley

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"Don't Be Cruel" as recorded by Elvis Presley

Drum sheet music transcribed by James Morton. Immediate PDF download.

1 page chart - $2.99

Difficulty Level: Beginner Genre: Classic Rock

Something interesting about this recording, other than the fact that it was the sixth in an absolutely astonishing run of 107 Top 40 hits: the sound of the backbeat. For years I thought D.J. Fontana was playing upon a cigar box, because that’s what it sounds like. Actually, the sound is made by Elvis slapping the back of his guitar, as he is singing, with the musicians and singers close by.

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All the drum sheet music found on this page and throughout the site are full, note-for-note transcriptions transcribed by James Morton--long-time professional drummer, author of over a dozen books with Mel Bay Publications, and creator of the "Rock Charts" column formerly found in Modern Drummer--over the course of his 40+ year career.

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