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Encyclopedia > Mystery Train
  • "Mystery Train" was a 1955 single recorded at SUN studios in Memphis by Elvis Presley, his first Number 1 single, reaching #1 in the Country music chart. The following year he had the second of his many #1's with "Heartbreak Hotel" which topped both the country and pop charts.
  • Mystery Train was also the name of a TV series that documented Presleys early career while he was at Sun records.

The plot consists of three vignettes featuring different characters on the same night. All of them stay at a fleabag hotel operated by Screaming Jay Hawkins and all of them hear Elvis Presley's song Blue Moon on the radio. In the first vignette, a couple of Japanese teenagers come to Memphis to see Sun Studios and Graceland. In the second, a newly-widowed Italian tourist (played by Nicoletta Braschi, wife of Roberto Benigni) shares a hotel room with a woman who is leaving her boyfriend. The third vignette stars Steve Buscemi and Joe Strummer. The latter plays an out-of-work junkie who gets himself into a little trouble at a bar. Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll or The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Country music, formerly called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio, USA) is a noted film director. ... City nickname: The River City or The Bluff City Location in the state of Tennessee County Shelby County, Tennessee Area  - Total  - Water 763. ... Screamin Jay Hawkins Jalacy Hawkins, best known as Screamin Jay Hawkins (born in Cleveland, Ohio July 18, 1929 - February 12, 2000) was an African American singer famed for his wildly theatrical performances of songs like I Put a Spell on You and Constipation Blues. Early career Hawkins has cited Paul... Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll or The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Sun Studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. ... Graceland is the name of the large white-columned estate of Elvis Presley located at 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd. ... Nicoletta Braschi worked with Roberto Benigni in a lot of his films. ... Roberto Benigni (born October 27, 1952) is an Italian film and television actor and director. ... Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi (born December 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film and stage character actor. ... John Graham Mellor (August 21, 1952–December 22, 2002), better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder and lead singer of punk rock band The Clash, and later The Mescaleros. ... A junkie (or junky) is a heroin addict. ...

External links

  • IMDB's Page on Mystery Train

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Mystery Train: Information from Answers.com (284 words)
"Mystery Train" was a 1955 single recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee by Elvis Presley, his first #1 single in any of the Billboard charts, reaching #1 in the Country music chart.
Mystery Train is the title of a book (ISBN 0-452-27836-8) by Greil Marcus on the early history of rock and roll.
Mystery Train has been covered by Bruce Springsteen on many occasions, most recently, during his 2006 Seeger Sessions Tour by combining Mystery Train's chorus with Cadillac Ranch from the 1980 The River (album).
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