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Mark James, composer of hit Elvis songs, died

He was behind "Suspicious Minds" and "Always on my mind" immortalized by the King of Rock & Roll

The American Mark James, composer of successful songs such as “Suspicious Minds” or “Always on my mind“, popularized by Elvis Presley, died at the age of 83. The announcement was issued this Thursday, June 13, by the “Houston Chronicle,” his hometown newspaper.

James, who has been part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame since 2014, is the author of other recognized songs such as “Hooked on a Feeling.” His death occurred on June 8 at his home in Nashville, according to the newspaper that made it public this Thursday.

Precisely the three songs mentioned were included in a list of the 100 best songs of the XNUMXth century. The top was prepared by the music licensing organization BMI, the newspaper reports and EFE reported.

“Suspicious Minds” also appears on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

James won two Grammy Awards, both in 1983 for “Always on My Mind,” which he shared with co-writers Wayne Carson and Johnny Christopher, the outlet explains.

The song was also chosen as song of the year and country song of the year after being recorded by Willie Nelson. The latter took it to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the country songs chart. 

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