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Grammy Rewind: Willie Nelson – ‘Always On My Mind’

Willie Nelson’s recording of ‘Always On My Mind’ won three Grammy’s in 1983: Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Willie, and Best Country Song, and the cross-genre Song Of the Year (a very rare accolade for a country song) for the writers, Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson. It was also a massive commercial hit for Willie. It was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972, becoming a minor hit.  The same year, Elvis Presley released it as a B-side to his ‘Separate Ways’ single, and had a double-sided hit.  It has since been recorded over 300 times in different versions by dozens of artists.

One response to “Grammy Rewind: Willie Nelson – ‘Always On My Mind’

  1. Paul W Dennis January 28, 2010 at 12:48 am

    The first released version of the song was in July 1972 by Brenda Lee. The Elvis version was not released until December 1972 . I’m not sure which version was actually recorded first but to this day, I still think Brenda had the best version of the song

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