Terry LaVerne Stafford
November 22, 1941
Hollis, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1996 (aged 54)|
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Terry LaVerne Stafford (November 22, 1941 – March 17, 1996) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his 1964 US Top 10 hit "Suspicion", and the 1973 country music hit "Amarillo by Morning". Stafford was also known for his Elvis Presley sound-alike voice.
The song "Suspicion", which was released on the Crusader record label and had previously been recorded by Elvis Presley, made it to no. 3 in the US and no. 31 in the UK Singles Chart. "Suspicion" had the distinction of being sixth on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1964, when the Beatles held down the top five spots. The following week, "Suspicion" peaked at no. 3, with the Beatles holding three of the top five spots. Stafford's recording sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. His follow-up, "I’ll Touch a Star", rose to number 25 in America. Both recordings were produced by Bob Summers (brother-in-law of Les Paul), who played all the instruments on the tracks as well as engineering and recording them, except for bass which was played by Ron Griffith. Summers released his own version in the 1970s, as well as a remake with Ed Greenwald on vocals in 2008.
In 1969, Buck Owens re-wrote Stafford's "Big in Dallas", recording it as "Big in Vegas". Owens' version peaked at no. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. and reached No. 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
Stafford himself continued to record, but had no more hits. His 1973 release/joint composition, "Amarillo by Morning", was later covered by George Strait on Strait's 1982 album Strait from the Heart. The song was named "#12 country song of all-time" by Country Music Television.
Stafford lived most of his life between Los Angeles, California, and Amarillo, Texas, and died in Amarillo of liver failure, at the age of 54. He is interred along with his parents at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo.
There is a record of Nancy E. Hall marrying Terry L. Stafford on 20 May 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada 
Stafford died on March 17, 1996, after a lengthy illness.
|1973||Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose||—||Atlantic|
|US AC||CAN Country||CAN|
|"I'll Touch a Star"||—||25||4||—||10|
|"Follow the Rainbow"||—||101||—||—||—|
|1973||"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose"||35||—||—||46||—||Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose|
|"Amarillo by Morning"||31||—||—||38||—|
|"Stop If You Love Me"||69||—||—||—||—||singles only|
|1977||"It Sure Is Bad to Love Her"||94||—||—||—||—|
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