Johnny Christopher

Johnny Christopher is a songwriter.


He wrote "Mama Liked the Roses" for Elvis Presley and co-wrote "Always on My Mind" with Mark James and Wayne Carson, a song first recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1970. Gwen McCrae also recorded the song as did Brenda Lee in 1972. The song has been covered by several well-known artists including Elvis Presley, John Wesley Ryles and the Pet Shop Boys.

He also co-wrote the 1974 song "If You Talk in Your Sleep" for Elvis Presley with Red West.

For Willie Nelson's 1982 cover, Christopher, James, and Carson won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Country Song, 10 years after its original release.[1][2]


  1. Jones, Roben (2010). Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. University Press of Mississippi. p. 337.
  2. Poe, Randy (2012). Stalking the Red Headed Straonger. Hal Leonard Corporation.
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