James Wayne "Jim" Stafford
(born January 16, 1944, Eloise, Florida) is an American comedian, musician,
and singer-songwriter, prominent in the 1970s. Stafford is self-taught on
guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ and harmonica.
first chart hit was "Swamp Witch", which barely cracked the U.S. Top
40 in July 1973. By early 1974 he had charted his biggest hit, "Spiders and
Snakes", which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that March.
Stafford regularly performs with other guests at his theater in Branson,
Missouri and other venues.
The Jim Stafford Show appeared
on ABC in 1975. He appeared as well numerous times on music specials,
variety shows, and talk shows (he was a frequent guest on the Tonight
Show. He co-hosted Those Amazing Animals with Burgess Meredith
and Priscilla Presley, and also hosted 56 episodes of Nashville on the
Road. In 1967 and 1968, he performed regularly and served as head
writer/producer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.