Always On My Mind – The Pet Shop Boys

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on December 19th of 1987 The Pet Shop Boys cover of “Always On My Mind” rises to #1 on the UK Pop Charts. This was written by the songwriting trio of Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. 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.It was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1971. Elvis Presley recorded this in 1972. His version reached #9 in the UK as mentioned  the 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. In 1987, The Pet Shop Boys released a dance version on their album Introspective which was the Christmas #1 in the UK and reached #4 in the US. Neil Tennant explained to 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, “We were approached by Central TV to be on a program called Love Me Tender, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and for some reason, we agreed to do it. Rob Holden, who worked with our manager, Tony Watkins, got us a load of Elvis cassettes and the first track on the first one Chris picked up, Magic Moments With Elvis, was ‘Always On My Mind.’ We were originally going to do a house version of ‘Baby Let’s Play House’ but there wasn’t time. We wouldn’t have done ‘Always On My Mind’ unless it was very different from the original, so we added an extra chord to it. There’s a B flat at the end of each chorus that wasn’t in the original. It makes it far more like a pop song.” The Pet Shop Boys rendition of this song was voted the top cover version of all time in a 2014 BBC Music vote. Johnny Cash’s interpretation of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” came in second place, followed by The Stranglers’ cover of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By.”