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Putman nominated for Songwriters HOF

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Curly Putman

Longtime Lebanon resident Curly Putman is one of a slate of nominees recently announced for The Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world, induction ceremonies are planned June 9, 2016 in New York City.

Putman, one of Nashville's great country and pop songwriters, is among 12 nominees from a wide spectrum of music.

From this ballot of 12 nominees, including: Rudy Clark, Kenneth Edmonds a/k/a "Babyface", Dallas Frazier, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, John D. Loudermilk, Max Martin, Bob McDill, Teddy Riley, Chip Taylor and Rod Temperton -- three will be elected.

Putman's No. 1 hits include such classics as "Green Green Grass of Home" (Porter Wagoner's country hit version led to Tom Jones' pop chart-topper), Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," Tanya Tucker's "Blood Red and Going Down," The Kendall's "It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' to Me" and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which Putman co-wrote with Bobby Braddock.

The list of other top artists who've covered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer include Charlie Rich, Dean Martin, Kenny Rogers, The Grateful Dead, Merle Haggard, Joan Baez, Wayne Newton, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Roger Miller, Andy Williams, Issac Hayes and Elvis Presley; Paul McCartney & Wings hit "Junior's Farm" was inspired by an extend stay at Putman's Wilson County farm.

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