Hit Songwriter Curly Putman Passes Away At 85
October 31, 2016 at 7:44 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS extends condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME inductee CLAUDE "CURLY" PUTMAN, JR., who passed away SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th just outside of NASHVILLE. He was 85.
PUTMAN's long and illustrious songwriting career includes the penning of such hits as PORTER WAGONER's "Green, Green Grass Of Home," DOLLY PARTON's "Dumb Blonde," and TAMMY WYNETTE's "My Elusive Dreams." His partnership with songwriter BOBBY BRADDOCK led to the writing of classics that include "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" for WYNETTE as well as the song that is often cited as the greatest Country song of all time, GEORGE JONES' "He Stopped Loving Her Today." The PRINCETON, AL native was inducted in to the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME in 1976 and was elected to the ALABAMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 1993.
PUTMAN's longtime friends and collaborator, BOBBY BRADDOCK, shared via FACEBOOK yesterday (10/30), "A few months ago, after reading my book, CURLY PUTMAN thanked me for the way I wrote about him. I said, 'Well, CURLY, I tried to think of something bad to say about you, but I just couldn't think of anything.' And that's the truth. The things that are usually not said about people until they die, those were the kinds of comments you heard about CURLY when he was alive. Sadly, CURLY left us early on this morning of OCTOBER 30th, about three weeks before his eighty-sixth birthday. He had been ill, but his passing came as a very sad surprise." Funeral arrangements for PUTMAN are pending.