|Birth name||Claude Putman Jr.|
November 20, 1930|
Princeton, Alabama, U.S.
October 30, 2016 85) (aged|
Lebanon, Tennessee, U.S.
Claude "Curly" Putman Jr. (November 20, 1930 – October 30, 2016) was an American songwriter.
Born in Princeton, Alabama, his greatest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Roger Miller, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, Burl Ives, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones.
Putman was the son of a sawmill worker. He joined the Navy and spent four years on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge.
He married Bernice Soon in 1956. Putnam worked several jobs in different places in the late 1950s and early 60s, inspiring his later hit "My Elusive Dreams". He penned his first big hit, "Green, Green Grass of Home", when working in Nashville plugging songs for Tree Records.
Putman died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee at age 85.
- Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.
- Elected to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
Selected list of Putman hit songs
- "Green, Green Grass of Home" (Putman)
- "My Elusive Dreams" (Putman, Billy Sherrill)
- "Dumb Blonde" (Putman)
- "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (Putman, Bobby Braddock)
- "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (Putman, Bobby Braddock)
- "Let's Keep It That Way" (Putman, Rafe Vanhoy)
- "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" (Putman, Rafe Vanhoy, Don Cook)
- "Blood Red and Going Down" (Putman)
- "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven" (Putman, Bucky Jones)
- "Smooth Sailing" (Putman, Sonny Throckmorton)
- "Set Me Free" (Putman, Marvin Walters)
- "It's a Cheating Situation" (Putman, Sonny Throckmorton)
- "It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' To Me" (Putman, Mike Kosser)
- "Couldn't Love Have Picked A Better Place To Die" (Curly Putman, Bucky Jones)
- 1967: Lonesome Country of Curly Putman (ABC)
- 1969: World of Country Music (ABC)
|US Country||US Bubbling|
|1960||"The Prison Song"||23||—|
|1967||"My Elusive Dreams"||41||34|
|"Set Me Free"||67||—|
- "Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Curly Putman". Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. March 28, 2009.
- Dauphin, Chuck (October 30, 2016). "Curly Putman, Prolific Country Songwriter, Dies at 85". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Betts, Stephen L. (October 30, 2016). "George Jones, Tammy Wynette Songwriter Curly Putman Dead at 85". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X.
- Grimes, William (October 31, 2016). "Curly Putman, Writer of 'The Green, Green Grass of Home', Dies at 85". The New York Times. p. B15.
- "Inductees: Curly Putman". Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "Curly Putman Inductee". Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Curly Putman at AllMusic
- Curly Putman discography at Discogs
- Curly Putman at the Internet Movie Database
- Green Green Grass of Curly Putnam's Home