Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on February 23rd of 1983 “Always On My Mind” wins three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James receive Song of the Year and Best Country Song; and Willie Nelson collects Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. The song was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1971.  At The Grammy’s it was the first country song to take Song Of The Year, and it wasn’t until the 2007 ceremonies when another country act got one: The Dixie Chicks for “Not Ready To Make Nice.” Elvis Presley recorded this in 1972. His version reached #9 in the UK. A cover version by The Pet Shop Boys made UK #1 in December 1987. They had released it after performing it on a BBC Elvis tribute show. The Pet Shop Boys rendition of this song was voted the top cover version of all time in a 2014 BBC Music vote. Wayne Carson wrote this song in ten minutes at his kitchen table in Missouri. He competed it in the studio with the help of Johnny Christopher and Mark James. In the January 2006 issue of Esquire magazine, B.B. King said that this was his favorite song.  However Willie Nelson’s country version was only able to reach #49 in the UK.