Written by: Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson
Recorded: March 29, 1972, RCA Studio C, Hollywood
Released master is take 1.
Single: w/ "Separate Ways", 74-0815, October 31, 1972
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, GB-10486, February 1976
Also released as single w/ "The Elvis Medley", PB-13351, November 1982
Also released as single w/ "My Boy", PB-14090, July 1985
Highest U.S. Charts Position:
#16 on Billboard Country Singles chart
For other versions, see Lyrics and Downloads section below.
(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Elvis expert Ernst Jorgensen once defended "Always On My Mind", calling it a jewel! Never one to argue with Ernst, I wholeheartedly agree, it's one of Elvis' great '70s ballads. Seems to be a popular opinion, too, by the number of artists that have covered it since (just have a look at the "Lyrics and Downloads" section below!). Brenda Lee recorded it first, just prior to Elvis, then later hit versions included those by John Wesley Ryles, Willie Nelson, and the Pet Shop Boys, but it's hard to beat the straight-forward version by Elvis and the Stamps!
Film of Elvis in the recording studio was used in Elvis On Tour showing a performance of "Separate Ways", but footage of "Always On My Mind" from these sessions also showed up later in This Is Elvis.
(What did the critics and fans say?)
"Always On My Mind" is well sung, with an appeal which suits this excellent song...
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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
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