Today’s artist is a man that needs no introduction. Willie Nelson has been around what seems like forever. Actually, he hasn't been around forever. He was born in 1933 and at 88 years old is still performing to sellout crowds.
Always known as a Country singer, Willie and friends perfected the outlaw sound. Nelson has worn many hats as an entertainer including author, disc jockey, song writer and movie star. Willie had parts in 30 movies including his starring role in Honeysuckle Rose.
In the 1980s Nelson joined with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to establish the Farm Aid benefit concerts to help call attention to the plight of the family farms in America.
When you decide to talk about Willie Nelson songs you literally have hundreds to choose from going back to the 1950s. I chose one of his more modern hits, the 1982 release of the song Always On My Mind. Always On My Mind wasn’t a Willie Nelson original. The song is one of the most recorded songs of all time having been recorded by over 300 other artists including big country stars Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley (you can view Elvis’s version here). But it was Willie’s version that caught on with the crossover crowd and soared to the top of several music charts.
It won three Grammy Awards in 1982 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
So how about a nice ballad of love gone astray. Why not sing along? Always On My Mind.