John Anderson Named to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, Gretchen Peters Will Also Be Inducted in October

John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters are the newest inductees named to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday (July 8).

The four will be officially inducted during an Oct. 5 ceremony in Nashville.

Anderson, best known as a vocalist, will join the Hall of Fame in the songwriter/artist category. The Florida native released his self-titled debut album in 1980 and scored his first No. 1 single, “Wild and Blue,” in 1983. A year later, he hit No. 1 with “Swingin’,” a song he co-wrote that was named single of the year at the CMA Awards. He also enjoyed major hits with other original songs, including “Seminole Wind,” “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” “Bend It Until It Breaks” and “Chicken Truck,” among others.

Craft, to be inducted in the veteran songwriter category, has written numerous bluegrass classics, including “Midnight Flyer,” originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers and later covered by the Eagles on their 1974 album, On the Border. His credits also include country hits such as Bobby Bare‘s “Dropkick Me, Jesus,” Moe Bandy‘s “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” Ray Stevens‘ “It’s Me Again, Margaret” and Mark Chesnutt‘s “Brother Jukebox.” His songs have also been recorded by numerous artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Douglas and Peters will be inducted in the songwriter category.

Douglas’ catalog of hits includes Lady Antebellum‘s “I Run to You” and “Hello World,” Miranda Lambert‘s “The House That Built Me,” Tim McGraw‘s “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” “My Little Girl,” “Let It Go” and “Southern Voice,” Martina McBride‘s “Love’s the Only House” and Collin Raye‘s “Little Rock.”

Peters’ initial songwriting success came in 1991 with George Strait‘s “The Chill of an Early Fall.” Her compositions also include Patty Loveless‘ “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” Faith Hill‘s “The Secret of Life,” Pam Tillis‘ “Let That Pony Run,” Trisha Yearwood‘s “On a Bus to St. Cloud” and McBride’s “My Baby Loves Me.”