Curly Putman

Curly Putman

born on 20/11/1930 in Princeton, Alabama, United States

died on 30/10/2016 in Lebanon, TN, United States

Curly Putman

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Curly Putman

Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr. (born November 20, 1930 in Princeton, Jackson County, Alabama) is an American songwriter, based in Nashville. His biggest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Roger Miller, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones. The Paul McCartney & Wings hit "Junior's Farm" was inspired by their short stay at Putman's farm in rural Wilson County, Tennessee in 1974.


Putman was the son of a sawmill worker, and was raised on Putman Mountain in Alabama. He joined the Navy and spent four years on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. Married Bernice Soon in 1956. Tried several jobs in different places in the late 1950s and early 60s, inspiring his later hit "My Elusive Dreams". Wrote his first big hit, "Green, Green Grass of Home," when working in Nashville plugging songs for Tree Records.

Selective 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)



  • 1967: Lonesome Country of Curly Putman (ABC)
  • 1969: World of Country Music (ABC)


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country US Bubbling
1960 "The Prison Song" 23
1967 "My Elusive Dreams" 41 34
"Set Me Free" 67

External links

  • Curly Putman official website
  • LP Discography web site
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Curly Putman by the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Alabama Highway 65 was renamed the Curly Putman Highway [dead link]
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