Bobby Braddock

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Bobby Braddock
Birth name Robert Valentine Braddock
Born (1940-08-05) August 5, 1940 (age 74)
Lakeland, Florida
Genres Country music
Occupation(s) songwriter
Instruments piano. saxophone
Associated acts Marty Robbins, The Statler Brothers, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Duncan, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy Overstreet, Toby Keith, many others

Robert Valentine (Bobby) Braddock (born August 5, 1940) is an American country music songwriter and record producer. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock has contributed numerous hit songs during more than 40 years in the industry, including 13 number-one hit singles.

Early years[edit]

Braddock was born in Lakeland, Florida to a father who was a citrus grower. Braddock spent his youth in Auburndale, Florida, where he learned to play piano and saxophone. The musician toured Florida and the South with rock and roll bands in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At the age of twenty four, Braddock moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in Country Music.

Musical success[edit]

After arriving in Nashville, Braddock joined Marty Robbins' band as a pianist in February 1965. In January of the next year, a song he wrote for Robbins, "While You're Dancing", became Braddock's first record to appear on the charts. He then signed his first of five recording contracts with major record labels and with a publishing contract with Tree Publishing Company, now Sony BMG. Braddock quickly established himself as a bankable songwriter, penning songs in the 1970s for such artists as The Statler Brothers, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Duncan, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tommy Overstreet.

Braddock continued his successful songwriting career well into the 21st century, writing songs recorded by artists including Lacy J. Dalton, T.G. Sheppard, John Anderson, Mark Chesnutt, and Tracy Lawrence. Braddock sometimes co-wrote songs with Curly Putman or Sonny Throckmorton, fellow members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

As a producer, Braddock's greatest success thus far is the discovery of country singer Blake Shelton, securing a recording deal in 2001. Braddock is credited as producer for several of Shelton's number-one country hits, including his debut single "Austin" which spent five weeks at the top of the charts.

Also in 2001 Braddock penned the song "I Wanna Talk About Me", intended for Shelton but eventually recorded by Toby Keith. "I Wanna Talk About Me" topped the Billboard Country Charts for five weeks in 2002.

In March 2007, Braddock released a memoir recounting his early life in pre-Disney World Central Florida, titled Down in Orbundale: A Songwriters Youth in Old Florida,[1] published by Louisiana State University Press.

Braddock currently resides in Nashville and continues to write songs for publishing company, Sony/ATV.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Songwriting[edit]

Songs Braddock wrote or co-wrote that made the Billboard country singles chart include:

Title Artist(s) Hit Year Billboard Peak
"Ruthless" The Statler Brothers 1967 10
"Country Music Lover" Little Jimmy Dickens 1967 23
"D-I-V-O-R-C-E" Tammy Wynette 1968 1
"Something to Brag About" Charlie Louvin and Melba Montgomery 1970 18
"Did You Ever" Charlie Louvin and Melba Montgomery 1971 26
"Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)" George Jones 1973 7
"We're Not The Jet Set" George Jones and Tammy Wynette 1974 15
"I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again" Tanya Tucker 1975 18
"Golden Ring" George Jones and Tammy Wynette 1976 1
"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous" Johnny Duncan 1976 1
"Her Name Is..." George Jones 1976 3
"Peanuts and Diamonds" Bill Anderson 1976 10
"Something to Brag About" Mary Kay Place with Willie Nelson 1977 9
"Womanhood" Tammy Wynette 1978 3
"Come On In" Jerry Lee Lewis 1978 10
"Fadin' In, Fadin' Out" Tommy Overstreet 1978 11
"Georgia in a Jug" Johnny Paycheck 1978 17
"They Call It Making Love" Tammy Wynette 1979 6
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones 1980 1
"I Feel Like Loving You Again" T.G. Sheppard 1980 1
"Hard Times" Lacy J. Dalton 1980 7
"Faking Love" T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks 1982 1
"I Don't Remember Loving You" John Conlee 1982 10
"Old Flames Have New Names" Mark Chesnutt 1992 5
"Texas Tornado" Tracy Lawrence 1995 1
"Time Marches On" Tracy Lawrence 1996 1
"I Wanna Talk About Me" Toby Keith 2001 1
"People Are Crazy" Billy Currington 2009 1

Albums[edit]

  • Love Bomb 1980

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Country
1967 "I Know How to Do It" 74
1969 "The Girls in Country Music" 62
1979 "Between the Lines" 58
1980 "Nag, Nag, Nag" 87

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ "A Songwriter's Youth in Old Florida - Bobby Braddock". Down in Orburndale. 2002-09-15. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
General
  • Billboard magazine
  • R& R (Radio and Records) magazine
  • Country Weekly magazine
  • CMT (Country Music Television)
  • The Encyclopedia of Country Music

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