Norbert Putnam

Bass player with the original rhythm section at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals. Session work in Nashville with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, J.J. Cale, etc. Produced Joan Baez, Jimmy Buffett, John Hiatt and many others.

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Norbert Putnam

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Norbert Putnam grew up in the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama and at the age of 19 dropped out of college to play bass on the first hit records that established “Muscle  Shoals” as a recording destination. In 1964 The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan, Norbert Putnam and Terry Thompson) opened the first Beatles concert in Washington, DC)  A few years later Putnam moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashville’s busiest pop/rock  bassist playing on thousands of recordings. (See sound on sound interview) In 1970 Norbert and best friend David Briggs formed DANOR Music and constructed the surround sound Quadrafonic Studio. That same year good friend Kris Krisofferson asked Putnam to take over the production of Joan Baez’s “Blessed Are” album. The subsequent hit single “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” sold over a million copies and soon Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville), Dan Fogelberg, as well as New York  and LA record labels came calling.  Putnam became Nashville’s top  pop-rock record producer and Quadrafonic became Nashville’s most successful independent studio. Danor Music went on to rank in the top ten of Nashville’s music publishers and produced three world famous writers, Troy Seals, Will Jennings and Max T. Barnes.   In 1980 Putnam moved south to Franklin and opened “The Bennett House” studios, a pioneering effort that would bring more than seventy studios to the area. A few years later, with pal Denny Purcell, Putnam  formed “Georgetown Masters” with NP’s esoteric hi-fi  listening design. Georgetown went on the become one of  America’s “top five” mastering facilities. Norbert or “Putt” as he was called by Elvis, was recently inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In 2003 Putnam’s career took a different turn when he designed studios for the new Delta Music Institute at Delta State University. Norbert was then asked to serve as Director and taught producer/engineer studies there for two years. Recently, Norbert and his talented designer wife Sheryl have established residence back in Tennessee to be near their expanding number of grandchildren. Nashville was of course the location of Putnam’s most successful  endeavorers. Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed a unanimous Senate proclamation acknowledging Putnam’s contribution to Tennessee music. Norbert is presently in the process of establishing a new publishing and production company, as well as and serving on The Alabama Music Hall of Fame board of governors.

 

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