Norbert Putnam has spent 50+ years in the music business working with acts like Roy Orbison, Al Hurt, Henry Mancini, Linda Ronstadt, JJ Cale, Tony Joe White, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Norbert Putnam produced "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett.
He played bass on 122 tracks with Elvis Presley.
He has performance credits on over 10,000 tracks.
We talk about his start in the music business, working for $5/hour at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, what it's like to be the opening act for the Beatles, meeting Elvis Presley for the first time, his work with Kris Kristofferson, producing Joan Baez, working for Clive Davis, and how he worked to help Jimmy Buffett develop his signature sound.
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