Friday, August 26, 2011
ALWAYS ON MY MIND ~ WILLIE NELSON
"Always on My Mind" is an American country music song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson originally recorded by Brenda Lee. The song was also recorded by Willie Nelson. Released in the spring of 1982, the song raced to number one on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart that May, spending two weeks atop and total of 21 weeks on the chart. The song also did very well on Top 40 radio, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, stayed on Top 100 for 23 weeks and was Billboard's number one country song for 1982. This record was also big world-wide hit, charted in Ireland, Netherlands and Australia. It was also charted in United Kingdom, stayed 3 weeks on chart, but didn't break the Top 40 (peaking at No. 49).Apart from its three Grammys (including Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the songwriters or Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Nelson), "Always on My Mind" earned numerous other awards for Nelson and its songwriters, including the 1982 and 1983 Country Music Association's "Song of the Year" honors and the 1982 CMA Single of the Year.Willie Nelson performed the number with Johnny Cash on the 1998 release of VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson. The song was also featured on a December 2009 ASPCA commercial.On July 10, 1991, it was certified platinum by RIAA. In 2008, the single was inducted to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.