LL: Songwriter Bobby Braddock Honored by Senate

Bobby Braddock Family

One thing I love about Nashville is that the Senate honors songwriters. (The world would be a better place if it were like that in every state.) I had the honor of being invited to see iconic songwriter Bobby Braddock, who among other distinctions and strokes of genius and pen wrote many tunes for George Jones and Tammy Wynette. These included ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ and ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’, which he co-wrote with Curly Putman. Mr. Braddock began his career as a keyboard player for Marty Robbins and produces as well as writes. He is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received a number of other awards and honors. ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’  won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year Award two years in a row in addition to winning Song of the Year from the American Academy of Country Music. It was voted ‘Country Song of the Century’ and ‘Best Country Song of All Time’ by Radio & Records Magazine and the BBC/Country America Magazine respectively.

When I joined Mr. Braddock and his family, along with Senator Douglas Henry’s daughter Mary Leland Wehner, (Coco Paco), in the hall on the way on the Senate floor, I was told his grandson had excitedly exclaimed, “This is like going to see the Gods on Mt. Olympus!” I think I enjoyed sharing the moment with them as much as he did, though little did his grandson imagine that, to a songwriter, it was his grandfather who held that status more than the senators. Hi-lights including singing a few lines of, ‘The Wreck of the Old 97’ with him going down the hallway and his hilarious Waylon tales told while the Representatives assembled. He pointed out that, once upon a time, Country Music and the Country Club didn’t mix. As I point out in my previous blogs, it’s not a bit like that today. We both think that’s an awesome change and are glad the Senate agrees; at least in Tennessee.

More about Mr. Braddock and his talented daughter Lauren Havey, to follow.

LL Self Portrait in Black on the way to the House Floor

The TN Senate Joint Resolution:

By  Ford 

A RESOLUTION to honor music legend Bobby Braddock. 

WHEREAS, it is fitting that this General Assembly should pay tribute to those gifted
artists who enrich the cultural landscape of our State and uphold the sonic legacy of Music City;

WHEREAS, Bobby Braddock is a music icon who has been entertaining fans since
childhood; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Braddock was born in Lakeland, Florida, on August 5, 1940, to Paul E.
and Lavonia Valentine Braddock; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Braddock graduated from Auburndale High School in Florida in 1958
and then attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland from 1961-1962; and

WHEREAS, Bobby was eight years old and taking piano lessons when he wrote his first
song, which he later performed at a recital; and

WHEREAS, he played piano in several rock and roll bands locally and toured around the
South before he moved to Nashville in 1964; and

WHEREAS, after moving to Nashville, Mr. Braddock landed a job at Hewgley’s Music
Store, but was later fired when he got his apron caught in the trumpet-polishing machine; and

WHEREAS, it wasn’t long before he was offered a gig playing piano in Marty Robbins’s
tour band and, in 1966, Mr. Robbins had chart success singing Bobby Braddock’s song, “While
You’re Dancing”; and

WHEREAS, Bobby also appeared in a couple of country music movies during the mid-
1960s and worked around town as a session player before signing with Tree International (now
Sony/ATV) as a staff songwriter; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Braddock began recording his own songs in 1967 and had some chart
success with his second single, “I Know How to Do It,” which made it to the Top 75; and

WHEREAS, that same year, he provided the Statler Brothers with two Top Ten hits,
including “You Can’t Have Your Kate and Edith Too”; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Braddock scored his first number one hit when Tammy Wynette
sang “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” a song he co-wrote with Curly Putnam; and

WHEREAS, he continued to steadily create hits through the 1970s, including “I Believe
the South’s Gonna Rise Again,” which became a big hit for Tanya Tucker; “Come on In,” which
provided Jerry Lee Lewis with a hit; “Something to Brag About” for Mary Kay Place and Willie
Nelson; “Womanhood,” which was a number three hit for Tammy Wynette; and the legendary
“Golden Ring,” which was a huge hit record for George Jones and Tammy Wynette; and

WHEREAS, in 1979, Mr. Braddock signed to Elektra and scored a Top 60 hit with the
title track of his 1979 album, Between the Lines; he continued writing hits for other artists
through the early 1980s, and among them was the song that restored the flagging career of
George Jones, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which he co-wrote with Curly Putnam; and

WHEREAS, in 1980, Bobby again appeared on the charts with a cut from his second
Elektra album, Love Bomb; and

WHEREAS, no stranger to awards and accolades, Bobby Braddock was inducted as the
youngest living member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981, and “He Stopped Loving Her
Today” won the CMA Song of the Year Award two years in a row, which was only the second
time in CMA history that a song won in this category for a second consecutive year; that song
was voted “All Time Favorite Country Song” by the readers of Country America Magazine and
by the listeners of the BBC in England, and it was also named by industry executives in an R&R
poll as Country Song of the Century; and

WHEREAS, he wrote several big hits during the 1990s, including “Time Marches On”
and “Texas Tornado” for Tracy Lawrence, and “Old Flames Have New Names” for Mark
Chesnutt; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Braddock estimates that he has written approximately 1,200 songs
and has had around eighty songs make it onto the charts with an estimated thirty-five Top Ten
hits, and approximately thirteen or fourteen number one hits; and

WHEREAS, from the 1960s to 1980s, Bobby was a recording artist for five major labels,
including MGM, Columbia, Mercury, Elektra, and RCA; some of his biggest musical influences
have been Hank Williams, Ray Charles, and The Beatles; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Braddock once again scored the number one position on the Billboard
Country Music charts in August 2001 as the Producer of country music newcomer Blake
Shelton, whose first single, “Austin,” soared to the number one spot on the chart, where it
remained for five weeks; and

WHEREAS, soon after, Bobby Braddock hit the charts again with Toby Keith’s “I Wanna
Talk About Me,” which remained number one on Billboard’s Top Country Hits chart for five
consecutive weeks; and

WHEREAS, no stranger to awards and accolades, Mr. Braddock is the only living person
who has had number one country songs in five consecutive decades; he was inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and, that same year, his career was spotlighted at the
annual BMI Awards, where he received the BMI Icon Award; and

WHEREAS, nine of his songs have received more than one million plays each on radio
and television, two of which have received more than three million plays each, and Bobby
Braddock is a six-time nominee and two-time winner of the CMA Song of the Year Award; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Braddock’s latest endeavor is his autobiography, Down In Orburndale:
A Songwriters Youth in Old Florida, which was released by LSU Press in March 2007; and

WHEREAS, his numerous accomplishments aside, he is also deeply devoted to his
family and he always endeavors to remain true to family values of the highest order; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Braddock is perhaps most grateful for the love and companionship he
shares with his daughter, Lauren, who is an actress, singer, and songwriter in Nashville, and his
grandson, Braddock James “Dock” Harvey, who is eight years old; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Braddock has created an indelible legacy of music that reflects his
passion and undaunted diligence to attain greatness in his chosen endeavors; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that this General Assembly should pause to recognize with
gratitude and compassion the bountiful career and the everlasting talent of this exceptional
music icon; now, therefore,

CONCURRING, that we hereby honor and applaud Bobby Braddock for his illustrious and
bountiful career and his many, many gifts of music and song, which have brought pleasure and
satisfaction to people all over the world, and extend to him our best wishes for every continued
success in all his future endeavors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared
for presentation with this final clause omitted from such copy.


~ Lonesome Liz

Lonesome Liz is an Outlaw Country and Blues singer/songwriter,  dubbed ‘The female Robert Johnson’ by ‘Southern Fried Magazine’. Her performances and multi-media productions have included Drive-by Truckers artist Wes Freed Jesco the Dancing Outlaw and others. Also a writer for GratefulWeb.net and ‘Fine Art Magazine’ she lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she strives daily to save Country Music from itself… one cowboy at a time. You can also find her on ReverbNation , YouTube and Twitter. Choose your own adventure.


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