Country songwriter Curly Putman died early Sunday morning. He was 85 years old.

The Nashville star was known for penning such hits like "Green, Green Grass of Home" and collaborations like "D-I-V-O-R-C-E."

Putman went on to write other hits, such as Dolly Parton's first chart hit, "Dumb Blonde." He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released a statement on Putman's passing.

In a city of great songwriters, Curly Putman was one of the finest. 'Green, Green Grass of Home' was just on of his memorable hits. He wrote a ballad for my campaign for governor in 1978, 'If the Right Man Was There,' for which I will be forever grateful. Curly was a great friend, and I will miss him."