Country music legend who wrote songs for Willie Nelson, Elvis dies at 83

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Mark James, writer and co-writer of “Suspicious Minds,” “Always on My Mind” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” passed away at his home in Nashville on June 8th.

This news was first reported by The Houston Chronicle.

“Mark’s legacy and passion for life will live on in the hearts of those who loved him, and through his timeless lyrics and melodies that have soundtracked lovers’ nights for generations.” His family said this, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

James won two Grammy Awards for his work on Willie Nelson’s song “Always on My Mind” in 1983. James was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. BMI named him one of its Songwriters of the Century.

It was previously recorded by Elvis Presley.

Some of James’ greatest successes came from his recordings with Presley. James’ solo composition “Suspicious Minds” remains one of the King’s signature songs. Presley also recorded the title track of his final album, “Moody Blue,” along with “It’s Only Love” and “Raised on Rock.”

“Hooked on a Feeling” is a Hollywood staple, having been licensed for films such as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Mark Heim is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter. @Mark_HeimHis show can be heard daily from 6am to 9am on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 FM in Mobile or on the free Sound of Mobile app.



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