(Wayne Carson/John Christopher/Mark James)
MCA 41124 (MC-9105) (US promo 45)
Although the 45 has the song listed as "You Are Always
On My Mind", this is actually a re-recording of "Always On My Mind". Also, Wayne Carson Thompson's name
has been curttailed to "Wayne Carson". The original version was sung by Brenda Lee and issued
12 June 1972. It reached a
meager #45 on the Billboard country chart. Elvis Presley also covered this song the same year and
his version managed to peak at #16 on the country chart and #9 on the U.K.
pop chart. It was Willie
Nelson who would take this song into the stratosphere in 1982. It topped the country chart and
went #5 on the Billboard pop chart.
It crossed the Atlantic and scored a modest #49 on the U.K. pop
chart. It won the Grammy for
Song of the Year, and the CMA's Song of the Year two years running. Billboard magazine figured it was
the #1 country and western song for the entire year of 1982. Five years later, "Always On My
Mind" was remade by the unlikeliest of bands, the Pet Shop Boys, who gave
it their trademark dance-synth-pop treatment and had surprising success
with it, scoring the coveted #1 Christmas single in the U.K. and peaking at
#4 on the Billboard pop chart.
It was their last top ten hit in the U.S. Ironically, a group that took their moniker from a Pet
Shop Boys song, West End Girls, covered it on their Christmas CD The Best Kids Christmas Album in the
World Ever Ever Ever!!!
British and American Hit Singles 1946-1997 by Chris Davies (Batsford)