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“Mystery Train” is a song written by Junior Parker and Sam Phillips. It was first recorded in Phillip’s Memphis Recording Service and Sun Records at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee in 1953. Raymond Hill and Matt Murphy were in the backing band with Bill Johnson on piano, Pat Hare on guitar, and John Bowers on drums. The band was listed on the label as Little Junior’s Blue Flames. “Mystery Train” and “Love My Baby” were released late in 1953 on Sun #192, and from the beginning the sound and feel of “Train” gave Parker his first taste of fame and name recognition.
The following lines can be found in the Carter Family’s “Worried Man Blues”, their biggest selling record of 1930.
“The train arrived sixteen coaches long,
The train arrived sixteen coaches... Read on...
Song lines: ♪ Train I ride, sixteen coaches long ... Well it took my baby, but it never will again ... Train train, comin' 'round, 'round the bend ♫
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This song is listed #77 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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