Jim Stafford (b. January 16, 1944) is a pop and country singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and actor who became famous during the early 1970s for his good-natured, mostly-spoken humorous songs. He also had his own TV variety show in 1975 and made many other TV appearances at the height of his commercial fame.
Stafford debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1973 with the self-penned ballad, "Swamp Witch," which became a Top 40 hit. His fame took off later that year with the chirpy "Spiders & Snakes," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and soon after went gold. This smash was followed by a string of hits that also included "My Girl Bill" (1974), "Wildwood Weed" (1974), "Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne" (1974), "I Got Stoned And I Missed It" (1975), "Jasper" (1976), and "Turn Loose Of My Leg" (1977). Stafford had his final Pop/Rock chart hit in 1981 with "Cow Patti" which was a part of the soundtrack to "Any Which Way You Can" (1980) starring Clint Eastwood. He also portrayed Long John in that movie. His hits continued on the Country charts through the mid 1980s with "What Mama Don't Know" (1982) and "Little Bits And Pieces" (1984).
Jim Stafford co-hosted "Nashville On The Road" from 1978-1983 and, with Burgess Meredith and Priscilla Presley, co-hosted "Those Amazing Animals" from 1980-1981. He was also the supervising writer for the "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" revival show which aired in 1988 on NBC. Stafford owns and operates his own theater in Branson, Missouri where he has performed since 1990.
- For more info on Jim Stafford's current projects, visit jimstaffordlive.com.
- Jim Stafford describes his idyllic Southern upbringing in Eloise, Florida and learning the guitar in the first installment of a four-part interview series with Jeremy Roberts of medium.com (Dec. 20, 2017).
- Stafford discusses his early music influences, battling stage fright, song writing, adding comedy to his live performances, and other topics in the second installment of a four-part interview series with Jeremy Roberts of medium.com (Mar. 12, 2018).
- Stafford discusses his first record contract, his time with MGM, and the making of "Not Just Another Pretty Foot" and other albums in the third installment of a four-part interview series with Jeremy Roberts of medium.com (Feb. 1, 2018).
- Stafford looks back on his marriage to Bobbie Gentry in the final installment of a four-part interview series with Jeremy Roberts of medium.com (Oct. 10, 2016).
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