Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Songs of the gentlemen wrote "Always On My Mind"

"Always on My Mind" was written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson, all three of whom were songwriters on the staff of Chips Moman. Originally recorded by Brenda Lee and released on June 12, 1972, the song was later a hit for both Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.

Wayne Carson (born Wayne Carson Thompson) is a songwriter from Denver Colorado who moved to Nashville in 1962. The author of eleven BMI award winning songs, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, Carson released a CD, "Writer" on which he plays solo versions of many of his hit songs.


"The Letter" performed by Joe Cocker
Words and Music by Wayne Carson



"She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Doubles)" performed by Gary Stewart.
Words and Music by Wayne Carson



"Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets" performed by Johnny Paycheck
Words and Music by Wayne Carson & Donn Tankersly



Johnny Christopher
is the author of five BMI award winning songs. His songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Little Milton, Willie Nelson, and more. He is a frequent co-writer of Bobby Wood.


"If You Talk In Your Sleep" performed by Elvis Presley
Words and Music by John Christopher & Red West


Mark James is the author of seven BMI award winning songs. James grew up in Houston, Texas, befriending BJ Thomas while both were still young. By the late 1960s, James was signed as a staff songwriter to Memphis producer Chips Moman’s publishing company, Moman producing Thomas’ versions of "The Eyes Of A New York Woman," "Hooked On A Feeling" and "It's Only Love" in 1968-69, all of which achieved success. James also wrote the song "Moody Blue", which is also the name of Elvis's last studio album (named after the song).


"One Hell of A Woman" performed by Vikki Carr
Words and Music by Mark James & Mac Davis



"Suspicious Minds" performed by Elvis Presley
Words and Music by Mark James



"Hooked On a Feeling" performed by David Hasselhoff
Words and Music by Mark James


"Always On My Mind" performed by Willie Nelson
Words and Music by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James


"Always On My Mind" performed by Pet Shop Boys
Words and Music by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James

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