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The Elderly American Songbook: From Curly Putman & Billy Sherrill

13 Jan
Carl Putman, Jr.

Claude “Curly” Putman, Jr.

By Jim Miller

Curly Putman, Jr. grew up on Putman Mountain in Alabama, did a stint in the Navy aboard the Valley Forge and moved from job to job until he sat down one day and wrote “Green, Green Grass of Home.” Some years later he would meet Paul and Linda, a young couple from Liverpool, who would write and record “Junior’s Farm” with their rock group Wings.

Billy Sherrill

Billy Sherrill

Billy Sherrill started life in Alabama as Phil Campbell, a jazz wannabe with a saxophone. Knowing next to nothing about country music, he landed at Epic Records in Nashville where his pop music production values would transform the Nashville Sound. One day a pretty, blonde hopeful named Wynette Byrd walked into his life. Billy signed her to a contract, tacked “Tammy” onto her name, and it was off to the Country Music Hall of Fame for both the producer and his artist.

October, 1967, David Houston and Tammy Wynette teamed up to take My Elusive Dreams to #1 on the country charts and #89 on the Billboard Hot 100. With a well-deserved nod to Billy and Curly, here is….

My Elusive Choppers

You followed me to Wal*Mart
You followed me to K-Mart
We didn’t find ’em there so we moved on

You followed me to Home Depot
Things looked good, alas, but no
We didn’t find ’em there so we moved on

I know you’re tired of lookin’ for
Traipsin’ ’round from store to store
Dinner time won’t be the same
Without my false teeth

We shared a Coke at Arby’s
Stopped in at that book store
We didn’t find ’em there so we moved on

Down the street to Walgreen’s
Lingered at the magazines
We didn’t find ’em there so we moved on

Now we’re parked at Starbuck’s
Thinkin’ I’m flat out of luck
Guess I’ll learn to gum it from now on

[spoken]
Now, all we got is me and you
Rememberin’ how I used to chew

And still, you won’t let me go on alone

I know you’re tired of lookin’ for
Traipsin’ ’round from store to store
Dinner time won’t be the same
Without my false teeth

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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in The Elderly American Songbook

 

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2 responses to “The Elderly American Songbook: From Curly Putman & Billy Sherrill

  1. AnniePie

    January 13, 2013 at 13:04

    I found ’em! They were in the sugar bowl all along!

     
    • Jim

      January 13, 2013 at 18:57

      You is too funny, woman.

       

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