Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Bobby Braddock

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September 15, 2007 - Bobby Braddock has written #1 country songs in each of the last five decades, including “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Golden Ring,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Time Marches On,” and “I Wanna Talk about Me.” Greatly influenced by Ray Charles and Hank Williams, Braddock first began playing piano in bands in his hometown of Auburndale, Florida, in the late 1950s. He moved to Nashville in 1964 and soon joined Marty Robbins’s road band. Braddock got his first taste of songwriting success when Robbins recorded “While You’re Dancing” in 1965. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock penned “I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again,” “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous,” “Womanhood,” “Come On In,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Texas Tornado,” and dozens of other hits. He also discovered singer Blake Shelton and produced his hit records. This interview and performance session is illustrated with rare photos, film footage, and vintage recordings from throughout Braddock’s career.


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