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Down in Orburndale: A Songwriter's Youth in Old Florida
Bobby Braddock, one of the most successful country songwriters of all time, is a living legend. His smash hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year Award in two consecutive years and was voted "Song of the Century" in a poll conducted by Radio & Records magazine and "greatest country song of all time" in a poll conducted by ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Louisiana State University Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 02, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who think that Florida is not the South...
This is Bobby Braddock's autobiography. Braddock is an acclaimed country music songwriter, but this book is not about his illustrious career in Nashville. In Down in Orburndale, he tells the colorful story of his childhood and early adulthood in Auburndale, Florida in the 1950s and 1960s before he made the Nashville scene. Braddock is as good a storyteller as he is a songwriter. His descriptions of the place and faces in his life makes for a great read.
Reading this book was like running into an old friend or neighbor and reminiscing about the good ol days. I also grew up in Imperial Polk County and even though I'm twelve years Mr. Braddock's junior I had many the similar experiences. Time and change moved slow in the pre-Disney world of my youth. He does a wonderful job of bringing to life a time and place that's long gone except in our memories.