player for Marty Robbin, not knowing he would become one of the most
legendary songwriters in Music City.
To date he's written about
2500 songs, of which about 1600 are published, including one of the
biggest songs in country music history, "He Stopped Loving Her Today'.
"I had the concept of a love so strong that only death could terminate it" says Bobby Braddock.
With so many songs in his library, you would think it would be hard to
remember writing each one, but Braddock did something unique early in
"I always make sure at the end of the day, no matter
what shape I am in or how I feel, that I write down the events of the
day" says Braddock.
Journals that hold many details about writing "He Stopped Loving Her Today" with his mentor- Curly Putman.
started out with dark humor, funeral jokes and that sort and wrote on
it a while and set it aside. I always rated the song 1 to 10 and O rated
this one a 7. I thought it was okay, not a great song" laughs Braddock.
With no clue who they were writing it for, several months
later they decided to re-visit the song. They finished it that October
day, or so they thought. Legendary producer Billy Sherrill and George
Jones took the song, but passed. Then for some reason, they came back to
it over 2 years later.
"Billy said, hey we wanna cut that song,
but it needs an extra verse in which you have the wife or girlfriend
coming back to the funeral" remembers Braddock.
Bobby and Curly actually wrote such a verse, but discarded it.
The guys found it and gave it Billy - who still wasn't happy.
went back and forth from Sony Music Publishing, it was then Tree
Publishing, to Billy's office. Finally the last one, he really liked"
Braddock went to listen to the finished project a few weeks later, not expecting what he was about to hear.
hear this violin, cello, this swelling ascending thing. It sounds like
the guys soul is ascending to heaven. I knew it was something special"
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" was released in the
spring of 1980 and soared to the top of the country charts, but there
is one thing about the song that Braddock says he will never quite
"I've had some people tell me they heard the song
for years before they realized he died! I guess you have to get a hammer
and beat them on head - he died" laughs Braddock.
Braddock if he agrees that "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is the greatest
and saddest country song of all time. He says he actually thinks that a
song he produced for Blake Shelton, called "The Baby", is a sadder
He also doesn't think it's the best song he's ever
written. He says he does believe it could be the best RECORD of all
time, but the song he believes is the best he's ever written, wasn't
even a single. It was a song on one of George Strait's albums called
"The Nerve". His favorite hit, "Time Marches On" recorded by Tracy
We asked Braddock if there are any artists that have
not cut his songs that he would like to see cut his songs. He said he
would love to have Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean record one of his songs.
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