Wayne Carson, prolific composer of hits for several stars, including the Elvis Presley classic “Always On My Mind”, died on Monday aged 72. Wayne Carson suffered from diabetes, cardiac problems and kidney stones, revealed his wife Wyndi Harp Head to the Springfield New-Leader, the local paper from Missouri where the couple lived.
“Our music family has lost a great talent much too soon,” said Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which awards Grammys, and which had awarded 2 of them to
Wayne Carson told the story of how he wrote “Always on My Mind” in his kitchen in 10 minutes, without thinking he needed an interlude in the middle of the song. His producer sent him back to the piano and he quickly wrote the famous interlude for the hit song, which Elvis Presley sang in 1972: “Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died”.
Born in Denver, Wayne Carson Thompson played the piano, guitar and bass guitar, and percussion. He mostly wrote country music and rock ’n’ roll tunes.