Grammy win­ner who wrote Nel­son clas­sic dies at 72

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Grammy-win­ning song­writer Wayne Car­son, who wrote hits like the Wil­lie Nel­son clas­sic “Al­ways On My Mind,” and The Box Tops' “The Let­ter,” has died. He was 72. Car­son died on Mon­day in Nashville, Ten­nessee, in hos­pice care af­ter a lengthy ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to fam­ily friend Shirley Hutchins.

He got his first No. 1 hit in 1966 on “Some­body Like Me,” per­formed by Eddy Arnold, and his songs have been cov­ered by artists across gen­res, from Elvis Pres­ley to Al Green. “Al­ways On My Mind,” co-writ­ten with Johnny Christo­pher and Mark James, won two Grammy Awards in 1982.

He was in­ducted into the Nashville Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame in 1997.

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