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James Wayne Stafford

By request: “I cannot find any information about what happened to Jim Stafford. He was a singer and comic popular in the early to mid 70’s, with hit pop songs such as I don’t like spiders & snakes and My Girl, Bill. Briefly he had his own variety show, I think around 1974-75. He was wildly popular for a brief time, then it seems he just dropped off the face of the earth. Can you guys do some research to find out what happened to him?”

Where are they now?

HINT: When somebody falls of the face of the earth, start looking in Branson, Missouri. Stafford had two more hits, Jasper (co-written by Dave Loggins) and Turn Loose Of My Leg, appeared in a Clint Eastwood movie (Every Which Way You Can). He and wife Bobbi Gentry divorced in 1980. He did the Vegas and county fair circuit before settling in Branson, Missouri in 1990, opening the Jim Stafford Theatre.

8 responses to “James Wayne Stafford”

  1. betty moore says:

    i saw him at the LAS VEGAS HILTON with Helen Reddy circa 1978-1979

  2. betty moore says:

    i saw him at the las vegas hilton with helen reddy circa 1978-79

  3. Andy says:

    He has played at the Florida Folk Festival for the past few years. Great performer! He also still performs at the Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson, MO

  4. Angela says:

    He retired in 2014.

  5. Skip Kennedy says:

    His theater in Branson is closed. Sold contents. Where is he now?

  6. Tammy says:

    I also had a crush on Jim Stafford. I just saw him on an episode of “Love Boat” from 1977…….

  7. TONIA STOUT says:

    I HAD A BIG CRUSH ON HIM WHEN I WAS IN MY TEENS !! I wish he would come back and show our youth how to play a song and tell a story too! YOUR THE BOMB JIM!!! PLEASE COME BACK !!!

  8. Cindy says:

    I am so glad to finally see any information on Jim Stafford. I loved watching him and listening to his songs in the 70’s. It seems that he did disappear after his small part in ‘Any Which Way You Can’. I really miss his humor and talent. I never missed his show. Thanks for posting the video. I actually watched that episode of the Smothers Brothers. Geez….am I getting old!

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