Norbert Putnam

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Norbert Putnam
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Putnam in 2014
Background information
Birth nameNorbert Auvin Putnam
Born (1942-08-10) August 10, 1942 (age 77)
Florence, Alabama, United States
GenresRock, pop, country
Occupation(s)Record producer, musician
Associated actsElvis Presley, Roy Orbison, J. J. Cale

Norbert Auvin Putnam (born August 10, 1942) is an American record producer and musician.[1][2][3][4]

Putnam grew up near Florence, Alabama and was part of the Muscle Shoals musicians brought to Nashville to play for Elvis Presley in 1965.[1] Putnam worked there as a bassist on recording sessions with Presley,[1] Roy Orbison, Al Hirt, Henry Mancini, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, J. J. Cale, Tony Joe White, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael Card, Ian & Sylvia and Bobby Goldsboro. On the Elvis recording of "Merry Christmas Baby", Putnam is referenced by Elvis, when he calls "Wake up Putt".

As a producer, Putnam was responsible for copious work on Nashville's non-country music output from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. His credits include major works that established the popularity of performers such as Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Michael Card, Brewer & Shipley, Pousette Dart Band, Donovan, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale, the Flying Burrito Brothers, John Stewart and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Putnam was instrumental in the wave of modernization of many recording studios in Nashville, and laid the groundwork for the city's growth and widening its appeal to pop/rock artist and virtually all other styles of music.

Putnam is still an active touring musician, record producer and author. Putnam was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019. Putnam resides in Florence, Alabama with his wife Sheryl and two poodles, Sofie and Gracie. His book "Music Lessons Vol. 1: a Musical Memoir" was published in early 2017.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Kelly, Neil (11 September 2013). "For Ol' Times Sake: An Interview with Norbert Putnam About Elvis". PopMatters.
  2. ^ Rick Clark."Norbert Putnam." 1 November 2000. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  3. ^ Dan Daley. "Producer: Norbert Putnam – The Other Side Of Nashville." September 2003. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  4. ^ Robert McFarland, Jr. "Norbert Putnam." Delta Business Journal. November 2004. Accessed 1 October 2007.
  5. ^ Putnam, Norbert (2017). "Music Lessons Vol. 1: A Musical Memoir". Whitman Publishing. ISBN 978-1618500908. Retrieved June 2, 2017.

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