Local songwriter stands with Jones

While Putman wrote other hits for Jones, he is still known best for writing “Green, Green Grass of Home,” an all-time Country and crossover classic that has sold millions of records in America, Asia and Europe and was recorded by a plethora of artists including Elvis Presley, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Tom Jones.

George Jones, known as “The Possum” to his fans, was honored at the 31st annual national celebration of the arts at the Kennedy Center along with actor Morgan Freeman; director, singer, actress, composer and producer Barbra Streisand; choreographer Twyla Tharp; and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.