Country singer best remembered for the singles "Amarillo by Morning" and "Suspicion." "Amarillo by Morning" was voted as the twelfth-best country music song of all time by Country Music Television.
He moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating from Palo Duro High School in 1960.
In April 1964, his song "Suspicion" was sixth on the Billboard singles charts while Beatles songs occupied each of the top five spots.
His parents were William Nathan Stafford and Juanita J. Stafford.
His 1973 hit "Amarillo by Morning" later became a huge hit for singer George Strait in 1982.