This was written by Mark's sister Jeannie, who was a member with her two sisters of the vocal group The Dinning Sisters. It was about the tragic death of the narrator's girlfriend who stalls her car on a railway track.
In the UK, BBC DJs refused to play this as it was too morbid, so it only reached #37 in the British charts.
Mark Dinning was born on August 17, 1933 in Drury, Oklahoma. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 17 and he gained a contract with MGM in 1957. This was his one and only hit in both the UK and US. In 1986 he died of a heart attack.
Sha-Na-Na played this at Woodstock in 1969.
The Canadian group Wednesday recorded a version of this song for their album Canadian Mint that is both a cover and a sequel to the Mark Dinning version, notable for a change in lyrics in which the person being sung about isn't the dead girl but her boyfriend who has died and is now reunited with Teen Angel.