Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock are the latest to be announced as inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. The ceremony to welcome these two country music songwriting sensations into the Hall of Fame will take place on June 18th.
Keith has over twenty Number 1 songs in his catalog, having penned at least one chart-topping track per year for twenty consecutive years. Some of his biggest hits include “Should Have Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight,” “Beer for My Horses,” “I Love This Bar,” a plethora of pro-America songs, and oh-so-many more.
On the success of his songs and the Hall of Fame honor, Keith stated:
I write songs everyday. When someone writes their own things, to me they release their character in their music and that character shines through in all their songs. It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk.
Braddock’s catalog dates back to 1967, when his first song, “Ruthless” by The Statler Brothers was released and reached the Top 10. His first Number 1, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” was recorded by the iconic Tammy Wynette in 1968. Other chart-topping successes include, but are not limited to, George Jones’ and Tammy Wynette’s “Golden Ring,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Tracy Lawrence’s “Texas Tornado,” and co-Hall of Fame inductee’s, Toby Keith’s, “I Wanna Talk About Me.”
Braddock also possesses two distinct honors: he is the only living songwriter to have Number 1 country hits in five consecutive decades; and he is responsible for the discovery of country music’s beloved Blake Shelton.
On his upcoming induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock said:
Thanks all for all the congratulations. I’m being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York this summer, along with Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Willie Dixon, and the Grateful Dead writing duo Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. There is some understandable confusion about the different Halls of Fame. I proudly went into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. This is the overall Songwriters Hall of Fame, out of New York — I guess you could call it the “Pop” Songwriters Hall of Fame. They don’t let many of us hillbillies in, so I’m very proud to be going in along with Toby.
Congratulations to “Big Dog Daddy” Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock on this esteemed honor!