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BOBBY BRADDOCK grew up in Florida, traveled the South as a rock ‘n’ roll musician, and became a songwriter in Nashville in the mid-1960s. Many of his songs, such as “D.I.V.O.R.C.E,” “Golden Ring,” “Time Marches On,” and “I Wanna Talk About Me” are country music standards. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” has led most surveys as the best country song of all time. In 2001, he embarked on a new career as a producer, discovering singer Blake Shelton and making several #1 records with him. Braddock’s most recent #1 composition was in 2009: “People Are Crazy." In 2011 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the annual BMI Icon Award, and in 2012 received the ACM Poet’s Award. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2015. He has received six CMA Song of the Year nominations, winning twice. Bobby Braddock is the only living person to have written #1 country songs in five consecutive decades.
I want to gratefully acknowledge John Cody Carter whose name was omitted from the Illustration Credit page of my book. He gave me permission to use his picture of Harlan Howard, Curly Putman, Joe Allen, Red Lane, and me. It appears on page 117 of Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville's Music Row.
I want to thank C.J. Hughes for a job well done. C.J. has owned and operated a Bobby Braddock website for years. He was the designer and webmaster for my first book, Down in Orburndale, and he continues in that role with this website. The first-rate quality of C.J.'s work speaks for itself.