Songwriter Wayne Carson dies aged 72

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Songwriter Wayne Carson dies aged 72

Postby livewirer on Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:14 pm

Songwriter Wayne Carson dies aged 72

His most famous songs as a writer include "Neon Rainbow", "The Letter" (Joe Cocker), "Soul Deep" (a hit for the Box Tops in 1969) and "Always on My Mind" (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher). Brenda Lee recorded it in 1972 and Elvis Presley recorded his version of "Always on My Mind" (#20 US Hot 100' #9 UK Single) on March 29, 1972, a few weeks after his February separation from wife Priscilla.
It was also a #1 Hot Country Song for Willie Nelson in 1982 and a UK #1 Pop Song in 1987 for The Pet Shop Boys.
Carson along with Johnny Christopher and Mark James accepted the trophy for winning Song of the Year for "Always on My Mind" during the CMA Awards show on Oct. 11, 1982.
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