The Bicycle Music Company mourns the loss of one of the greatest songwriters of the past fifty years. The beloved Wayne Carson passed away today at the age of 72, leaving behind a career and legacy that spanned several decades and musical genres (Country, Rock, R&B, Pop), as a hit songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. With a portfolio of hit songs that includes the ever-iconic “Always On My Mind” (Elvis Presley, The Pet Shop Boys, Willie Nelson) and “The Letter” (The Box Tops, Joe Cocker), Carson was a two time Grammy Award winner in addition to earning CMA, ACM, NSAI awards and being a member of The Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. Carson’s songwriting credits also include classics recorded by the likes Perry Como, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Leon Russell, Gary Stewart, Tina Turner, Brenda Lee, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Dan Auerbach and multiple hits by 1960’s pop group The Box Tops. Carson’s songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows, most recently the use of “The Letter” as recorded by the Box Tops in the Universal Pictures blockbuster animated feature Minions.
Carson is survived by his wife and son.