Always on My Mind (album)

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Always on My Mind
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released February 1982
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer Chips Moman
Willie Nelson chronology
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
(1981)
Always on My Mind
(1982)
Tougher Than Leather
(1983)
Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” from Always on My Mind

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Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Always on My Mind is a 1982 album by country singer Willie Nelson. It was the Billboard number one country album of the year for 1982, and stayed 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, peaking at number one for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the Billboard 200 for all albums, peaking at number two for 3 weeks.

Background and Recording[edit]

During the recording sessions for Nelson's collaboration album with Merle Haggard, Pancho & Lefty, the producer Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons suggested to record Johnny Christopher's Always on My Mind.[2] Haggard had no interest in recording a version of the song for the album, instead Nelson recorded his own version that was the first for the album that was entitled Always on My Mind. Later in his autobiography, Nelson stated: "We'll never know what would have happened if Merle had really heard the song right. "Always on My Mind" bowled me over the moment I first heard it, which is one way I pick songs to record".[3]

The rest of the album was constituted by adult-contemporary and pop standards, such as "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 2:58
  2. Always on My Mind” (Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson) – 3:34
  3. A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 4:01
  4. Let It Be Me” (Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë, Gilbert Bécaud) – 3:33
  5. “Staring Each Other Down” (Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons) – 2:16
  6. Bridge over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon) – 4:39
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone” (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:33
  8. “Permanently Lonely” (Willie Nelson) – 2:41
  9. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” (Gary P. Nunn, Donna Ciscle) – 4:22
  10. “The Party’s Over” (Willie Nelson) – 2:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Willie Nelson – guitar, vocals
  • Gene Chrisman – drums
  • Johnny Christopher – guitar, background vocals
  • Bobby Emmons – keyboards
  • Mike Leech – bass
  • John Marett – saxophone
  • Grady Martin – guitar
  • Chips Moman – guitar, background vocals, producer, engineer
  • Mickey Raphael – harmonica
  • Gary Talley – vocals
  • Virginia Team – art direction
  • Toni Wine – keyboards, vocals
  • Bobby Wood – keyboards, vocals
  • Reggie Young – guitar
  • Waylon Jennings – vocal (3)

Charts[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

1982 Weekly Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20
Dutch Albums Chart 28
Australian Albums Chart 60

End of year charts[edit]

1982 Year-end Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Country Album 1
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 7
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 26
Canadian RPM Top Albums 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Always on My Mind (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Jones, Roben 2010, p. 337.
  3. ^ Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud; Shrake, Edwin 2000, p. 145.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Always on My Mind". Alllmusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  5. ^ http://www.sporcle.com/games/Alstair/1982-top-100-albums

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Roben (2010). Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-60473-401-0. 
  • Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud; Shrake, Edwin (2000). Willie: An Autobiography. Cooper Square Press. ISBN 978-0-8154-1080-5. 
Preceded by
Mountain Music by Alabama
Mountain Music by Alabama
Mountain Music by Alabama
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 22–29, 1982
June 12–19, 1982
July 17 - November 13, 1982
Succeeded by
Mountain Music by Alabama
Mountain Music by Alabama
Highways & Heartaches by Ricky Skaggs
Preceded by
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs by Dolly Parton
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1982
Succeeded by
Mountain Music by Alabama