Curly Putman, Wrote “Green, Green Grass of Home” and Other Country Classics

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Curly Putman’s classic hit, “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” was first recorded by Johnny Darrell in 1965. But it has had a long life, with interpretations by a lengthy list of stars, including Elvis, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones, Gram Parsons and even the Grateful Dead.

Putman (November 20, 1930-October 30, 2016) was no one-hit wonder. He either wrote or co-wrote some of country music’s most-enduring classics, including Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Putnam’s songwriting earned him a spot in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976. Mostly known as a songwriter, Putman did have a short recording career, beginning with a minor hit “The Prison Song,” which he recorded in 1960 for the Cherokee label.

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