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Bobby Braddock

Country songwriter Bobby Braddock was one of the more prolific hitmakers of the '70s, and also made a few of his own recordings toward the end of the decade. Born in Lakeland, FL, in 1940, Braddock first entered the music industry as a keyboard player for Marty Robbins, whose backing band he joined in 1964. Two years later, Robbins recorded the Braddock-penned "While You're Dancing," and had a chart hit with it. Building on that foundation, Braddock joined the songwriting staff at Tree International Publishing, where he replaced Roger Miller. He also found work as a session musician, and began making his own recordings, charting with the 1967 single "I Know How to Do It." That same year, the Oak Ridge Boys had a Top Ten hit with Braddock's "Would They Love Him Down in Shreveport," and his career was on its way. Two Top Tens for the Statler Brothers arrived in 1968, plus Braddock's first number one hit in Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," which he co-wrote with Curly Putman. Over the next ten years, Braddock kept cranking out hits for countless artists, the biggest of which included "I Believe the South's Gonna Rise Again" (Tanya Tucker), "Come on In" (Jerry Lee Lewis), "Womanhood" (Wynette again), and the duet "Something to Brag About" (recorded by Willie Nelson with Mary Kay Place, as well as Wynette and George Jones).

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