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John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, Gretchen Peters Named to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame



John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters have been named the newest inductees of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization made the announcement Tuesday (July 8). 

According to CMT, the four songwriters will be officially inducted during a ceremony on October 5 in Nashville. 

Anderson, who is best known for his vocals, will be inducted under the songwriter/artist category. 

He scored his first No. 1 single with "Wild and Blue" in 1983 and the following year, he hit No. 1 with "Swingin'," a song he co-wrote. The song was named single of the year at the 1984 CMA Awards.  

Anderson's discography also includes hits like "Seminole Wind," "I Wish I Could Have Been There," "Bend It Until It Breaks" and "Chicken Truck." 

Craft is slated to be inducted into the veteran songwriter category. He has written several bluegrass classics, most notably "Midnight Flyer," which was originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers and later covered by the Eagles on their 1974 album, On the Border.  

Craft also wrote 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." 

Douglas and Peters will be inducted in the songwriter category. 

Douglas has written hits including 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 first gained success back in 1991 with George Strait's "The Chill of an Early Fall."  

Her catalog of hits includes 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."

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