“Always on My Mind” is one of Elvis Presley’s most famous late-period songs. Despite this, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s version was not the highest charting version of the track. One of the co-writers of “Always on My Mind” reacted to the cover which peaked at No. He also discussed why he thinks the song resonates with so many people.
How the public reacted to Elvis Presley’s ‘Always on My Mind’
There were covers of many of Elvis’ most famous songs. For example, “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog,” and “Blue Hawaii” were all originally from other artists. “Always on My Mind” was no different. The original version of the song was performed by Gwen McCray. McCray’s version of the song remains unclear.
It is undoubtedly true that many people would never have heard “Always on My Mind” if not for the cover of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. official chart company Reports that his rendition of the song peaked at number 9 in the United Kingdom. It remained on the chart for 22 weeks.
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This version of ‘Always on My Mind’ became a No. 1 hit
Willie Nelson also released a country cover of the song. official chart company Say it peaked at number 49 in the UK, staying on the chart for three weeks. However, the most popular version of the song was by the Pet Shop Boys. According to official chart companyTheir cover of “Always on My Mind”, reached number 1 in the UK, remaining on the chart for 14 weeks. His version of the song was a synth-pop song with a vastly different melody from the original.
“Always on My Mind” was co-written by Wayne Carson, Mark James and Johnny Christopher. during an interview with Los Angeles Times, Carson reveals what he thinks of the Pet Shop Boys replacing “Always on My Mind.” “Everyone said to me, ‘You’re not going to like this. They changed some of the melody, they changed some of the words and they added all these synthesizers and things,’” he said.
Carson proved them wrong. “But I just kept an open mind and when I finally heard it, I thought, ‘Hell, this is a great record,’” he said. “I don’t think you can hurt a good song, and this is living proof of that.”
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Carson reveals why he thinks “Always on My Mind” resonates with so many people. “To me, a good song tells a story that everyone would like to tell … a song that inspires people to say, ‘God, that song is me,’” he said.. Carson thinks many people wanted to hear a song that conveyed the spirit of “Always on My Mind.”
Carson explained the gist of the song. “That was all a long apology about ‘always’,” he said. “It’s like all those guys who pick up the phone and call their wives and say, ‘Listen, I could have done better, but I want you to know that you were always on. My mind’ .’”