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Willie Nelson Sings ‘Always On My Mind’ at Nassau Coliseum


In this excerpt clip from The Highwaymen: Friends Till The End, watch Willie Nelson perform “Always On My Mind” at Nassau Coliseum in 1990. “Willie cut ‘Always on my Mind.’ He called me the night he cut it and he said, listen to this. I heard it over the phone and I went wow, that’s a smash. That band was the same band that toured with Highwaymen every night.” – Mark Rothbaum, manager of The Highwaymen


[Cheers and applause] Nelson: ♪ Maybe I didn't love you ♪ ♪ Quite as often as I could have ♪ ♪ Maybe I didn't treat you ♪ ♪ Quite as good as I should have ♪ ♪ If I made you feel second-best ♪ ♪ Girl, I'm sorry I was blind ♪ ♪ But you were always on my mind ♪ Rothbaum: When Willie cut 'Always on My Mind,' he called me the night he cut it, and he said, 'Listen to this.'

And I heard it over the phone.

And I went, 'Wow!

That's a smash.'

That band was the same band that toured with Highwaymen every night.

Nelson: Chips put together a lot of material and a lot of musicians.

He's a great producer, and he put together the band behind us for all the records.

And we couldn't have done it without Chips.

Robin: The way it came to pass with the musicians was that everyone agreed that they would bring in one or two musicians from their own bands, and the rest were studio musicians that were the best at what they did.

Turner: The Highwaymen band was a big band that started with the core being The Memphis Boys.

Young: During the five-year period that we were together, The Memphis Boys cut 120 chart records, hit records.

For me personally, the Highwaymen tour was probably the most fun thing I've ever done.

Turner: Reggie Young loved playing live with the High-- We all did. It was a family organization.

You know, we always loved each other so much that there's nobody that could fill in for somebody else, you know?

♪♪♪ Nelson: ♪ You were always on my mind ♪ ♪ You were always on ♪ ♪ My mind ♪ [ Cheers and applause ]


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