Curly Putman

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Curly Putman
Birth name Claude Putman, Jr.
Born (1930-11-20) November 20, 1930 (age 84)
Princeton, Jackson County, Alabama, United States
Genres Country music
Occupation(s) Songwriter

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, Don Williams, 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.

AL HWY 65 through the Paint Rock Valley in North Alabama is named in his honor, as well as the community park in Princeton.

Selective list of Putman hit songs[edit]



  • 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

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