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One of the contemporary legends of Nashville’s songwriting community, Bobby Braddock has been writing No. 1 country hits for over 40 years. His songwriting credits include George Jones’ classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Jones and Tammy Wynette’s “Golden Ring,” Wynette‘s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me,” Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” and Tracy Lawrence‘s “Texas Tornado” and “Time Marches On.” Other artists who have recorded Braddock songs include Willie Nelson, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, T. G. Sheppard, John Conlee, Tanya Tucker, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and the Statler Brothers.

Born Robert Valentine Braddock in Lakeland, Florida on August 5, 1940, Bobby Braddock is one of country music’s most successful songwriters. He grew up in Florida, and after traveling throughout the South as a rock ‘n’ roll musician, he settled in Nashville and became a songwriter in the mid-1960s. His first cover hit came in 1966 with “While You’re Dancing,” which was cut by Marty Robbins—in whose road band Braddock played piano in 1965. He then replaced Roger Miller on the songwriting staff of Tree International Publishing, and his achievements since then are staggering and include his 2011 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his 1981 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Also in 1981, Braddock won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Nashville Songwriters Association’s Song of the Year award for George Jones’ hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which he co-wrote with Curly Putman. The song also won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in both 1980 and 1981, and was later voted Country Song…

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