The song was reportedly written by high school teacher Mae Boren Axton and singer-songwriter Tommy Durden after hearing about a man who committed suicide. The man jumped to his death from a hotel window leaving a suicide note with the line, "I walk a lonely street. It spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the pop chart and became the best selling song of He took it to the top of the country chart and 2 on the pop singles chart. In the s recording cover versions of current hit singles was very common. It did not come out until nine months after Carl Perkins' original and only reached 20 on the pop singles chart, but ultimately it became a definitive song of Elvis Presley's early years. His wild gyrations stirred massive public controversy, but the song still became a hit peaking at 3 on the pop chart and 1 on the country chart.
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It just sold the most. He claimed it sold the most, but did it really? By using Billboard's ratings, then, a point system can be used to created a biggest-to-smallest Presley hit list. For example, if an Elvis song was 1 on the survey for a certain week, it earned points for that week; if it dropped to 2 the next week, it earned 99 points that week; and so on down the list. If it was at the very bottom of the list at , then it earned just 1 point that week. To keep things fair, however, one adjustment to this point system was made. Once a record had peaked on the chart and then fell below 40 on the Hot , it was dropped from the playlists of most radio stations.
Had Elvis Presley lived, he would have turned 80 years old this month. Hell, Chuck Berry is 88 and still at it. If Elvis had managed to lose the weight and get healthy, there's no reason why he couldn't still be shaking his hips onstage. Sadly, that's not the way his life worked out. Here are the results. The new take peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Country Chart, but a few months later RCA would release "Heartbreak Hotel" and completely eclipse everything that Presley released before. Still, "Mystery Train" endures as one of Elvis' most beloved songs. Elvis began the s on very strong footing when he released Eddie Rabbit and Dick Heard's mournful "Kentucky Rain" as a single in January of The Civil War was over years in the past when Elvis began singing "An American Trilogy" in , but the scars still ran deep throughout America. Somehow he pulled it off in a mere four-and-a-half minutes, and the resulting tune became a highlight of Presley's concerts during the last five years of his life.
It's no secret that Elvis Presley made a phenomenal amount of chart noise during his time at the very top, especially from But the numbers are still staggering. Of his Top 40 hits, for example—itself a record for a single performer—only four didn't make the Top