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B.J. Thomas Recorded the Original Version of “Always on My Mind”


“Always on My Mind” is a song about regrets felt by someone who took the love of their life for granted. This heartbreaking single has been commonly associated with Willie Nelson. However, it was not Nelson who first recorded the song.

B.J. Thomas Willie Nelson Always on My Mind
Photo credit: B.J. Thomas/ bbc.co.uk

B.J. Thomas, The First Recording

It was in 1970 when the first recording of “Always on My Mind” was released. It was recorded by B.J. Thomas as a single. His version was not commercially successful. Therefore, most people didn’t know that he was the original singer of the song. B.J. Thomas is an American singer who had songs on the pop and country charts. He is best known for his single “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”

Even though Thomas was not able to make the song popular, he was the reason why most singers recorded the song. Here are popular versions of the song penned by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson.

The Different Versions of “Always on My Mind”

Willie Nelson

Nelson’s rendition is perhaps the most popular of all as he even won a Grammy Award for it. He also won the CMA award for Single of the Year aside from winning various awards for two consecutive years, Nelson’s cover top the country chart. He was also able to make the song enter charts outside of the US.

Elvis Presley

Another rendition that became popular was by Elvis Presley. He recorded the song before Nelson. His version reached number sixteen on the country chart. And, his song entered other charts too.

The Pet Shop Boys

The highest charting version on the pop chart was recorded by The Pet Shop Boys in 1987. They have made the song reach number one on charts outside of the US. “Always on My Mind” placed at number one on the Canadian, Finnish, Polish, and UK chart.


Whose version of this popular song do you like the most?

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