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Opportunity knocked again, part 5


October 1, 2021

After a rather unsuccessful beginning, Wayne Carson had, by 1971, written several songs that made him well known on both the country and rock music scenes.

Then in 1972 he co-wrote “Always on My Mind” (which was sometimes recorded as “You Were Always on My Mind”). After Brenda Lee’s version made it onto the country charts, Elvis Presley turned it into a somewhat bigger hit.

Numerous other artists recorded the tune, but Willie Nelson’s rendition in 1982 became a monster success, garnering Carson several career-making honors.

Nelson’s slow, soulful treatment of the song rose to...

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