Dan Wilson * Curly Putman & HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY.... Yesterday, October 31, 2016, songwriter Curly Putman passed away at the age of 85. Curly co-wrote perhaps the greatest country song of all-time with Bobby Braddock, HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY. Here are a few Words of Wisdom from Curly Putman to help you in your quest for writing great country songs.... SECRETS TO SONGWRITING.... "... HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY--I took that song over to Billy Sherrill. Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock wrote a great song. At first we knew it was a good song but, we didn't realize it was going to be accepted the way it was. HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY hit during a transition period. Everybody was kinda doing positive-uptempo songs. The song had all the opposite elements--death and bummer situations, even though this guy loved this woman. We all knew it was a good song so I took it over to Billy. He loved it! He said he wanted to do it on Jones. Well, months went by and I'd call him up and say, 'Help, what are you going to do with HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY? I've got people I can get a record on this one.' Billy assured me he still wanted to do it on George Jones. A year went by. I had a real good friend who desperately needed a 'hit.' So, my friend ended up cutting it. As a matter of fact he cut it twice. Shortly after that Billy Sherrill called me and asked, 'Are Curly and Bobby there?' I said 'Yeah.' Billy said, 'Can you bring them over?' By that time I didn't have any idea what he wanted. Well, we got there and Billy sat us down in his office and played Jones' cut of HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY. I have never to this day heard a record that gave me the feeling I got when I heard that song. I just rose from my chair and smiled. That's when I knew HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY was going to be a great song...." DAN WILSON excerpt from TheTrax Fax Interview with Dan Wilson by Quinton Q. Qualls, Jr. Dan Wilson Dan Wilson wrote songs that were cut by Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Reed, and T.G. Sheppard. His song WAR IS HELL (ON THE HOMEFRONT,TOO) was a number one song for T.G. Sheppard. Dan worked for over twenty years for Sony/Tree Publishing as a songplugger, songwriter, producer and Vice-President of Creative Affairs. He directed the careers of some of Nashville's greatest songwriters and was responsible for getting many of country music's greatest hits recorded.