Jim Stafford

Half-comedian, half-singer, similar to Moe Bandy but less outrageous. Jim Stafford was in a high school band with Bobby Braddock and Gram Parsons. Those three went their separate ways, to varying degrees of success. Jim ended up with a couple hits (“Spiders and Snakes” and “Wildwood Weed”), which helped him get a lot of work in TV and, eventually, settle in to the Branson, Missouri theater show thing.

Learn more about Jim Stafford in these episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

Bobbie Gentry

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In 1967, Bobbie Gentry’s recording of a song she wrote, called “Ode to Billie Joe,” directly influenced the future of every major musical genre in America. In the early ’80s, she disappeared.

What happened in the decade between?

Why did Bobbie Gentry vanish?

Who was she, even?

Since we can’t ask Bobbie for answers, these are mysteries we either have to learn to live with or try to solve for ourselves.

People you’ll hear about in this episode: Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Jim Stafford, Nick Lowe, Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Lauryn Hill, Snoop, A Tribe Called Quest, Jody Reynolds, Rick Hall, Lou Donaldson, Sheryl Crow, kd lang, Lucinda Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Barry White, Bobby Womack, Burt Bacharach and, believe it or not, more.

Also, you may not like what you hear if you’re a fan of Jim Ford.

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