“Always on My Mind” is a song made famous by Willie Nelson in 1982. He recorded it as part of his same-titled album. His version reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, it placed at number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. “Always on My Mind” also secured a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, Willie Nelson’s song not only topped the charts in and outside of the US. His song also won various awards from the Grammy’s to the CMA’s Award show. His song won CMA’s song of the year twice, once in 1982 and the other in 1983.
“Always on My Mind” Beginning
Willie Nelson was not the first to record the song. It was written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James in 1969. The first recording of the song was by B.J. Thomas. After his recording, it was followed by Brenda Lee.
Elvis Presley’s Version
In 1972, Elvis Presley recorded the song as a single. His version also was a hit, making it enter charts inside and outside of the US. Presley made his version reach number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, it also entered the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Hot 100.
CMA’s Country Cover Series
CMA celebrated their 50th anniversary by bringing country singers together to perform songs that won the CMA’s before. One of this songs was Willie Nelson’s version of “Always on My Mind.” CMA invited country singer Eric Paslay to perform a stripped down version of “Always on My Mind.” Paslay nailed it with his version. He kept the old country vibe that people love and enjoy the most.
Eric Paslay is known for his songs “Friday Night,” “She Don’t Love You,” and also “Song About a Girl.”
Here is the acoustic version of Eric Paslay. Listen as he performs Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind.”