Willie Nelson performs “Always On My Mind” Live from Austin TX.

It reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, for two weeks in a row, and remained in the charts for 21 weeks. He also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, for two weeks in a row. It was the eleventh number one in Willie's career.

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Always On My Mind:

Lp cover Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1982 )
Lp cover Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1982 )

Song written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James, Willie Nelson recorded for the Columbia label, on October 11, 1981, in Moman’s Recording Studio, Nashville, TN, with the production of Chips Moman, was released on March 6 From 1982, on May 8, 1982, it reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, for two weeks in a row, and remained in the charts for 21 weeks. On June 5, he also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, for two weeks in a row. It was the eleventh number one in Willie’s career.



The song was included on the album of the same name, Always on My Mind (Columbia 1982) twenty-seventh studio album by willie, the album was released in February 1982, on May 22 the album reached number # 1 on the charts from US Billboard Top Country Albums.

Willie’s version is the most successful, of all the versions that have been made, more than 200, Nelson’s version would result in three victories in the 25th edition of the Grammy Awards in February 1983: the composers Christopher, James and Carson won the song of the year and the best country song; In addition, Nelson won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. This version also won awards from the Country Music Association in two consecutive years: Song of the year 1982 and Song of the year 1983 for the composers Christopher, James and Carson; 1982 Single of the year for Nelson, and; contributed to Nelson winning the 1982 album of the year for the album “Always on My Mind”.

Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1972 )
Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1972 )

 

The first version of the song was recorded by B.J Thomas between the end of 1969 and the beginning of 1970, it was recorded in American Sound Studio, 827 Thomas St., Memphis, TN.

 

Another of the most known versions was the one recorded by Elvis Presley, which was recorded a few weeks after divorcing his wife Priscilla, was recorded on March 29, 1972, at RCA Victor Studio, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. It is considered one of Elvis’ best songs, in the 70s, it reached number # 16 on the US Hot Country Singles charts.



Single John Wesley Ryles ( MCA 1979 )
Single John Wesley Ryles ( MCA 1979 )

Some Versions:
B.J Thomas 1970 (Scepter Records)
Gwen McCrae 1972 (Columbia)
Brenda Lee 1972 (RCA)
The Alan Caddy Orchestra & Singers 1973 (Avenue Recordings)
Ben Cash 1976 (SR International)
John Wesley Ryles 1979 (MCA)
Floyd Cramer 1984 (Suffolk Marketing)
Pet Shop Boys 1987 (Parlophone)
and many more !!!!!!!!





Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind Lyrics

Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have
And maybe I didn’t treat you
Quite as good as I should have
If I made you feel second best
Girl I’m sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

And maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
I guess I never told you
I’m so happy that you’re mine
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me
Tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died
And give me
Give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied
I’ll keep you satisfied

[Instrumental Interlude]

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Single Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1982 )
Single Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1982 )

Miquel Batlle
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