Sunday, June 27, 2021

June 27 - Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame

The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association (Texas Songwriters) announced that Mark James is among the 2022 Hall of Fame class of inductees. Other inductees are Lefty Frizzell, Nanci Griffith, and Lightnin’ Hopkins.


Mark James is an American songwriter who has written hits for singers B.J. Thomas, Brenda Lee, and Elvis Presley, including Thomas’ “Hooked On A Feeling,” and Presley's last US number one hit single, "Suspicious Minds." A native of Houston, James' greatest success came with "Always on My Mind," a collaboration that won a Grammy for both Song of the Year and Best Country Song with Willie Nelson's version cut nearly a decade later. In 2015, James was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Jim Murray Hospitalized

Elvis' former backing singer Jim Murray suffered a from a stroke and was hospitalized. He is already doing better.

Get well soon Jim!

(Source: Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame / Brenda Nielsen Murray)