Today: Elvis Presley recorded “Mystery Train” in 1955 – 57 years ago

Easily one of Elvis’s best songs.

From Wikipedia:

Elvis Presley‘s version of “Mystery Train” was first released on August 20, 1955 as the B-side of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Sun 223). Presley’s version would be ranked #77 on Rolling Stone500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in 2003. It was again produced by Sam Phillips at Sun Studios, and featured Presley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Scotty Moore on lead guitar, and Bill Black on bass. Moore used a country lead break, and toward the end of the record is an echo of the 1946 “Sixteen Tons” by Merle Travis. For Presley’s version of “Mystery Train”, Scotty Moore also borrowed the guitar riff from Junior Parker’s “Love My Baby” (1953), played by Pat Hare.

A-side “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”
Released August 1955
Format 7″ 45 rpm & 10″ 78 rpm record
Recorded July 11, 1955 at
Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Rockabilly
Length 2:24
Label Sun 223
Writer(s) Junior ParkerSam Phillips



“Mystery Train” is one of Presley‘s most haunting songs, a stark blues number that sounds ancient but was actually first cut only two years before by Memphis blues singer Junior Parker. Presley recorded it with the groove from the flip side of the same Parker single, “Love My Baby,” and Sun producer Phillips’ taut, rubbery echo effect made guitarist Scotty Moore‘s every note sound doubled. Presley added a final verse — “Train . . . took my baby, but it never will again” — capped by a celebratory falsetto whoop that transformed a pastoral about death into a song about the power to overcome it.

Video from youtube:

Album of the day:

Other June-11:

  • Rosco Gordon (April 10, 1928 – July 11, 2002) was an American blues singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1952 #1 R&B hit single, “Booted”, and two #2 singles “No More Doggin'” (1952 RPM 350) and “Just a Little Bit” (1960 Vee-Jay 332).
  • Scott G. Shriner (born July 11, 1965) is the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Weezer.

– Egil

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...