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For the 85th birthday of Elvis Presley: The story of the song that only became the favorite hit of many fans after Elvis Presley's death. But there is a second reason to tell the story of this song: On January 9, 1988, Kai Böcking took over the helm of the “Formula 1”.
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee and B.J. Thomas
January 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.
January 9, 1988, Kai Böcking presents the TV hit parade “Formula 1” for the first time
July 10, 1954, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys is born in North Shields, Northumberland, England.
August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42 in Memphiss, Tennessee, USA
The fact that Elvis Presley only plays a minor role in “Always On My Mind” is simply because it became a huge hit for the Pet Shop Boys and was not even released as a single in the United States and Germany by Elvis Presley during his lifetime. The British and Swiss alone honored this song with a single that made it into the top 10 in England. In the 2 weeks that the single stayed in the Swiss charts, the song made it to number 39.
Only after death did this version develop into the secret favorite song of many fans. For this little summary of all Elvis Presley's song stories, there is no more suitable song than this, because for us Elvis Presley is not only “Always On My Mind” on his birthday or the day of his death.
It is also rumored that he recorded this song shortly after he broke up with Priscilla, which is why he had such incredible feelings about the song.
Maybe you still want to read the story of the song:
On January 9, 1988, Kai Böcking celebrated its premiere as the new host in the successful hit parade show "Formula 1".
The guests of his first own TV show were Shakatak, Johnny Hates Jazz, Tiffany, Grundwaldt & Bley, Depeche Mode, Alison Moyet, Sinitta, Black, Falco & Brigitte Nielsen and the Pet Shop Boys. With their new title “Always On My Mind”, they entered the charts at number 20 and were very likely to be hit, because somehow the older viewers already knew this title.
There were several reasons for this. The main reason was certainly that it was also part of Elvis Presley's repertoire. In this version, as in most of the other versions, the song was a wonderful puss. "Always On My Mind" was written by John L. Christopher Jr., Mark James and country singer Wayne Carson. Not himself, but B.J. Thomas, who just landed a world hit with “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”, was the first to record this song.
The first success landed Brenda Lee, who recorded the song on September 22, 1971 near Nashville, with the song in the US country charts.
The first big fan of this song was Elvis Presley, whose separation from his wife Priscilla became a reality at that time and he sang this song in 1972 so languidly that it was initially relegated to the B-side of "Separate Ways". The single sold 500,000 copies, the reverse entered the country charts.
Country star Willie Nelson was more successful than Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. In 1982 his version was number one in the country charts for two weeks and it also climbed to number five in the pop charts. Especially at the 1983 Grammys, Willie Nelson's version got the long-deserved honors: “Always On My Mind” was awarded three Grammys. The first was for the best male vocal performance in the field of country, the second award went to the song for the country song of the year and, last but not least, it was chosen as "Song Of The Year".
The number of country stars who recorded "Always On My Mind" alongside Willie Nelson is not counted. To this day, cover versions keep appearing. These include Michael Buble, Chris De Burgh, Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle, David Garrett, Roger Whittaker and also Dick Brave alias Sasha.
But the most successful of all versions was the version of the Pet Shop Boys, which Kai Böcking presented to the German audience in his first "Formula One" broadcast. Not only there, but also in Austria, Switzerland and England, they made it to number one in the charts. In the USA, they came in fourth.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the Pet Shop Boys, originally recorded this song for a tribute movie on British television in 1987. Together with many other stars such as Kim Wilde, Boy George, Dave Edmunds, Ben E. King, Duane Eddy, Carl Perkins, Roger Daltry or Meat Loaf, they appeared on the 10th anniversary of the death of the "King Of Rock'n'Roll" in the TV movie "Love Me Tender," which aired on August 16, 1987.
The song was so well received by the audience and the radio stations asked frequently about it that the two musicians of the Pet Shop Boys decided to release this song as a single. It was released in the UK on November 30, 1987. All radio stations immediately played this song, which fit perfectly into the Christmas season and was probably played at all Christmas parties in the country. In any case, the Pet Shop Boys were number 1 in the country's single charts at Christmas and stayed there until mid-January 1988.
The highlight of the recording of the Synthipop version was a harmony variant that was not included in the original version, but ensured that the ballad turned into a happy pop number that stuck in everyone's ears. A typical catchy tune that you are guaranteed to find difficult to get out of your head today.
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