Norbert Putnam on the Early Days of Music in the Shoals

Record producer, musician, and Florence native Norbert Putnam spoke Wednesday, July 19th, 2015 at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library about the early days of music in the Shoals.

Although Putnam began his music career in the Shoals area, he soon moved to Nashville, where he worked as a studio musician. He contributed his bass chops to works by such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Henry Mancini, and Linda Ronstadt.

Putnam eventually moved to the role of producer and helped launch the careers of performers such as Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, and Dan Fogelberg. He was also at the forefront of modernizing recording studios in Nashville and making the city more appealing to music genres other than country.

Norbert Putnam and his wife Sheryl live in Tennessee.

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