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Former Beatle spent summer here in 1974

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By SAM HATCHERThe Wilson Post    The former Beatle knocked their socks off at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Monday night playing to a full-house, jam packed crowd. Surely to goodness Paul McCartney must have paused at some point during his in-and-out visit to Nashville to recall some of the good times he shared with family and friends some 36 years ago when he spent the biggest part of the summer here in Lebanon.Early on it was one of Lebanon's best kept secrets.But eventually the word got out.The local community was buzzing about the fact that Paul McCartney, his wife Linda, their family and members of his band, the Wings, were summer house guests on the Curly Putman family farm just a few miles south of town.Putman, a renowned songwriter who had just come to Lebanon himself with his family only a few years earlier, was asked by his music publisher to let McCartney and his family use his home for a six-week stint in the summer of 1974.Putman agreed and McCartney and friends moved-in.At the time McCartney was reported as saying he and his family wanted to come to Tennessee to "relax, ride horses and record."        And that they did on Putman's 133-acre estate.        The summer was filled with reports of McCartney in local retail stores, sightings of him at service stations/convenience stores and frequent rumors about long black limousines and mystery guests visiting at the Putman farm.        Putman, the author of such hits as "Green, Green Grass of Home," "My Illusive Dreams," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," and literally hundreds of other songs, took his family and left town on an extended vacation while McCartney occupied their home.         When McCartney moved out, the Putman family moved back in.        McCartney's summer stay in Lebanon on the Putman Franklin Road farm is believed to be the inspiration behind the Wings' hit "Junior's Farm."    CEO and Publisher Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.
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