There’s no tricks on this week’s Lost Treasures, only treats. From 1973 on MGM Records, it’s Jim Stafford’s debut single “Swamp Witch” which preceded his better known hits Spiders And Snakes” & “My Girl Bill”. This first single only made it to the bottom of the national charts & airplay was uneven throughout North American radio. Nonetheless, it was enough for MGM to continue releasing new material of Stafford’s to both country & top 40 radio. In the summer of 1975, Jim hosted a six-week summer variety series on ABC-TV: “The Jim Stafford Show” which led to some guest appearances on a number of TV series & also made him a frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”. In the late 80’s he hosted the cable network series “Nashville On The Road”. Jim Stafford has a number of songwriting credits & his material has been covered by George Jones & Jerry Reed among others. He continues to perform regularly at the theater named after him in Branson, MO. Enjoy this treat from the post-Halloween goody bag & have a great weekend!
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