Oct. 11,1981

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Bobby Braddock and Ray Whitley. Braddock is noted for George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Whitley wrote Gene Autry's theme song, "Back In The Saddle Again."

Braddock got his first break in Nashville as Marty Robbin's piano player in 1965. He first appeared on the charts as a writer the following year, as Robbin's version of "While You Were Dancing" peaked at #21. He then signed his first of five recording contracts with major record labels and with a publishing contract with Tree Publishing Company, now Sony BMG.

Braddock quickly established himself as a bankable songwriter, penning songs in the 1970s for such artists as The Statler Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Duncan, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tommy Overstreet. Braddock is still actively contributing as a writer, having written Toby Keith's hit "I Wanna Talk About Me" in 2001 and Billy Currington's 2009 monster hit "People Are Crazy."

Ray Whitley was a singer, song writer and actor. As a songwriter, his biggest legacy was the Gene Autry Classic, which he sold to the "Singing Cowboy" for $200, but his biggest contribution to country music may have been his hand in the development of the Gibson SJ-200 acoustic guitar.

Initially known as the "Super Jumbo," Whitley used his own time and money to design a guitar specifically for country music artists. Whitley took the instrument to Gibson, explaining its merits and presenting the guitar to other musicians of the time. This resulted in Gibson putting his name on the guitar, the first produced one of which is now on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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