There must have been something in the water in Winter Haven, Florida back in the late fifties and early sixties. Several musicians came out of a band in the local high school:
- Bobby Braddock, who wrote 17 number one Country songs
- Kent LaVoie, aka Lobo, who had 7 top forty singles as a solo artist
- Gram Parsons, who later joined the Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers
Oh, and also Jim Stafford, who had a half-dozen hit singles as well.
Lobo’s string of hit records began in 1971 and in 1973 he produced Swamp Witch, a song that Jim Stafford wrote and sang. The single barely got into the top forty, but he also produced Jim’s next single, Spiders And Snakes, which reached #3 the next year.
Not one to break up a winning combination, Jim continued to use Lobo as his producer. His next single was My Girl Bill, a song that he wrote that is somewhat politically incorrect – but totally funny. It managed to reach #12 in 1974.
In 1975 Jim had his own Summer television show for six weeks on ABC. After that, the hits stopped coming, and that might have been the end of Jim’s career. Instead, he transitioned to television, co-hosting Those Amazing Animals and later hosting Nashville On The Road.
In 1990 he opened the Jim Stafford Theater in Branson, Missouri so he would have a permanent place to perform. There, he displays his incredible guitar-playing talent and performs light comedy. His shows continue several nights a week and the other nights the theater hosts The Jimmy Buffett Tribute: Parrotville.