“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.
“You Win Again” is a 1952 song by Hank Williams (recorded July 11, 1952). In style, the song is a blues ballad and deals with the singer’s despair with his partner. “You Win Again” would peak at number ten on the Most Played in C&W Juke Boxes chart, where it remained for a single week.
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).
Peter John Joseph Murphy (born 11 July 1957) is an English rock vocalist. He was the vocalist of the rock group Bauhaus, and later went on to release a number of solo albums, such as Deep and Love Hysteria. Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a baritone voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Murphy is often called the “Godfather of Goth.”
Scott G. Shriner (born July 11, 1965) is the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Weezer.