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Norbert Putnam Exclusively @ Elvis Week!

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Legendary musician and producer, Norbert Putnam has joined the cast of the Back In Memphis - A Tribute To The King of Rock & Roll benefit concert for Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations on August 12 during Elvis Week in Memphis, TN.

Another Elvis Unlimited Exclusive Guest!

About Norbert Putnam - Musician & Music Producer:

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.

Norbert and Elvis Presley:

On August 9, 1968 Putnam had his first session on an Elvis overdub session, for the gospel song, Where No One Stands Alone. In 1970, he is on the session that delivered material for That’s The Way It Is, Elvis Country and Love Letters. No doubt Elvis had a lot of respect for Putt as he would call Norbert. Norbert is in on a lot of studio sessions even the infamous Jungle Room Session at Graceland in 1976. In 7 years, Norbert play his bass on songs like; I’ve Lost You, The Sound Of Your Cry, Just Pretend, Faded Love, Rags To Riches, Early Morning Rain, Amazing Grace, Lady Madonna, I’m Leaving, Bosom Of Abraham, If You Talk In Your Sleep, My Boy, Promised Land, Spanish Eyes, Hurt and Moody Blue with Elvis Presley. Norbert’s last Elvis “sessions” is to overdub on Little Darling.

Norbert Putnam will be yet another exclusive Elvis Unlimited guest at Elvis Week 2010 in Memphis, TN. Norbert will be playing with Cowboy Jack Clement, Billy Swan, Billy Burnette, Reggie Young, Shane Keister, Jerry Carrigan and others at the Back In Memphis - A Tribute To The King of Rock & Roll concert on August 12, 2010 at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University of Memphis. This concert is a benefit concert for Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations. The Sweet Inspirations were not only Elvis Presley's back up singers but they also worked with many other artists. They recorded thier own sucessful albums. One at Stax Records in Memphis. Myrna has suffered a stroke and will need long term medical care. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit Myrna Smith.

More on the Back In Memphis concert:

A tribute to the king of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley takes place on August 12, 2010 at 8 PM at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University of Memphis, 470 University Street, Memphis,TN.

Megan Murphy presents Back In Memphis with a cast of incredible musicians for one night only. During Elvis Week 2010, we reunite many musicians who worked with Elvis Presley for an exclusive event celebrating the music of Elvis Presley and his hometown of Memphis, Tn. The concert takes place Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8 PM. Many of our guests are exclusive and will not be at any other Elvis Week event.
Cowboy Jack Clement will be our exclusive guest at our Back In Memphis show. Cowboy was Sam Phillips sound engineer at Sun Studio. And it is Jack we have to thank for recording the Million Dollar Quartet. Jack also discovered Jerry Lee Lewis while at Sun. Jack has gone on to Nashville where he was written countless songs and produced legends like Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and many more.

Cowboy returned to Sun Studio to produce U2 and their Rattle And Hum album. Cowboy was in Denmark last year for our Million Dollar Quartet Concert. It was Jack's first Elvis event in Europe. And now Elvis Unlimited has the exclusive honor to be the FIRST to bring Jack to Elvis Week.

Jack used to play at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis where Elvis sometimes opened and closed for Cowboy. One time Jack even lent Elvis his guitar and when Elvis returned it, he had broke all the strings.

Today, Jack is legend in country music and Nashville. He is still producing and performing in the Nashville area. This is one guy, you NEED to meet. And he will only be in town for our show! So don't delay!

A portion of the proceeds for this concert will also benefit Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations.

The other musicians in the show include:

Billy Swan: American songwriter, Producer and Performer - I Can Help sold 2 million copies worldwide, Lover Please recorded by Clyde McPhatter in 1962, peaked at #7 on Billboard charts. Produced Tony Joe White's Polk Salad Annie.

Billy Burnette: Memphis' own. Fleetwood Mac, Son of Dorsey Burnette, nephew of Johnny Burnette.

Jerry Carrigan: Legendary drummer from Muscle Shoals, 2010 Alabama Music Hall Of Fame inductee, first ever Elvis Week event! An Elvis Week Exclusive!

Shane Keister: American Sound Studio, Stax, legendary Nashville Session Musician, TCB band member, first ever Elvis Week event! An Elvis Week Exclusive!

Reggie Young: Guitar player of The Memphis Boys, American Sound Studio, Original member of Bill Black’s Combo

Dennis Jale: Austria's Rock Voice! Just released a new CD titled Nashville with the TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations.

Barbara Hearn, Elvis' steady girlfriend in 1956 will be our special celebrity guest @ the concert. There also will be a mini convention before the show for ticket holders only from 6 PM to 8 PM in the lobby where special guests such as Elvis friend and authoer Sandi Pichon, Elvis' Memphis Mafia member Sony West, Elvis' friend and concert promoter Charles Stone, Roben Jones ( author of the highly acclaimed book, The Memphis Boys) will be on hand to sign books and photos, pose for photos and talk to the fans.
More guests will be announced and you will not want to miss this chance to meet & greet with our guests, many of which are exclusive to Elvis Unlimited, some are first time guests at Elvis Week events and will not be at ANY other Elvis Week event!


Ticket price is 45 US Dollars and includes a pre show mini convention from 6 PM to 8 PM with Elvis celebrity guests including Barbara Hearn Smith ( Elvis' steady girl in 1956 during his rise to fame), Sandi Pichon ( Elvis Author and friend), Charles Stone ( Elvis concert promoter & friend), Sonny West ( bodyguard, Memphis Mafia & friend), Roben Jones ( author of The Memphis Boys, a book about American Sound Studio & the musicians who made the studio so legendary, this will be her first appearance in Memphis). We will also have a silent auction which will also benefit Myrna Smith.

You can purchase tickets by clicking the link below:

Limited VIP tickets are also available for 95 US Dollars and includes prime seating and a private back stage meet & greet with the musicians before the show. Fans will also be able to film a personal video message for Myrna. Email us @