Jim Stafford

Genres: Action & Adventure Movies Children's Music Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1970s 1990s
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16 January 1944, Eloise, Florida, USA. Stafford had a series of novelty hits in the mid-70s, but his career began as a member of the Legends, which also included Gram Parsons and Lobo (Kent Lavoie). Working with Miami producer Phil Gernhard, Stafford signed to MGM Records as a solo singer, releasing ‘Swamp Witch’ in 1973. A minor hit, it was followed by the million-selling ‘Spiders And Snakes’, which used a swamp-rock sound reminiscent of Tony Joe White to tell a humorous tale. The song was composed by David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers. In 1974, Stafford tried a soft ballad with a twist, ‘My Girl Bill’ (his biggest UK hit) and another zany number, ‘Wildwood Weed’, which reached the US Top 10. Both were co-produced by Lobo. The same strand of humour ran through Stafford’s 1975 singles ‘Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne’ and ‘I Got Drunk And Missed It’. By now a minor celebrity, Stafford hosted a...

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