Mystery Train

Song composer(s)

Parker, Junior / Philips, Sam

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

Live At The Keystone Vol 2 : Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt (1973)

Other Recordings

Little Junior And The Blue Flames (1953)
Single : Elvis Presley (1955)
For LP Fans Only : Elvis Presley (1959)
Panicsville : Panics (1962)
Guitar That Changed The World : Scotty Moore (1964)
Paul Butterfield Blues Band : Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
Sweet Toronto Soundtrack : Various Artists (Jerry Lee Lewis) (1970)
Me & Chet : Chet Atkins (1972)
Road To Freedom : Alvin Lee (1973)
Catalyst: The Roots of Rock - Volume 1 : Various Artists (Junior Parker) (1977)
The Legendary Sun Performers : Junior Parker and Billy "Red" Love (1977)
Last Waltz : The Band w/ Paul Butterfield (1979)
Elvis! Soundtrack : Elvis Presley (1979)
Memphis Blue Streak : Phil Sweet (1981)
Sun - The Blues Years : Various Artists (Little Junior And The Blue Flames) (1984)
Live From Europe : Flying Burrito Brothers (1986)
Comin' At You : Junior Wells (1988)
Brother's Keeper : Neville Brothers (1990)
Mystery Train : Junior Parker (1990)
Best Of 1964-1975 : Rick Nelson (1990)
Monterey International Pop Festival Box Set : Various Artists (The Butterfield Blues Band) (1992)
King Of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters : Elvis Presley (1992)
1976-81 : Soft Boys (1993)
Across The Great Divide : The Band (1994)
Platinum - A Life In Music : Elvis Presley (1997)
Keepers : Merl Saunders (1997)
Complete Sun Sessions : Elvis Presley (19??)
Cruisin' Deuces : Danny Gatton (19??)


Lead vocals - Garcia.

Written by Junior Parker (Herman Parker) and originally recorded by him on Sam Philip's Sun label in 1953. It was Parker's 2nd single on Sun. Released on the 1st Nov 1953 as Sun 192 with Love My Baby on the B-side

The original release credits just Parker as the writer. Philips acquired 50% of the song in 1954 after Parker moved to another record label. Subsequent recordings credit Parker and Philips.

Philip's suggested the song to Presley in 1955. The Presley version was recorded on 11th July 1955 and released on 1st August 1955 with I Forgot To Remember To Forget on the B-side. It was his 5th single on Sun (Sun 223).

The words of the title do not occurs in the lyrics of the song.

Recorded by Dylan with Johnny Cash during the Nashville Skyline sessions on February 18, 1969, but not released. Also recorded by Dylan during the Shot of Love sessions but again not released.