CASH BACKMAN
My Girl Bill
(Jim Stafford)
Australia 1974
#8 Sydney #9 Melbourne #3 Brisbane #3 Adelaide #5 Perth

Co-charted in Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide with the original version by Jim Stafford.

Australian country singer-songwriter Cash Backman seems to have been everywhere and appeared with everyone during a long career that continues to this day with appearances at clubs and festivals around Australia.

Cash Backman's album Thirty Years On was completed in the early 2000s with producer Mick Hamilton (ex-Vibrants), but it had been a work in progress since the 1960s.

Further reading: Cash Backman resumé at Empire Records [PDF] [html]

JIM STAFFORD
My Girl Bill
(Jim Stafford)
USA 1974
Original version
#12 USA #20 UK #8 Sydney #10 Melbourne #3 Brisbane #3 Adelaide #5 Perth

Co-charted in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth with Australian cover version by Cash Backman.

Nashville-based, Florida-born singer-songwriter Jim Stafford (b. 1944) took six of his humourous country singles onto the pop charts 1973-1975 and hosted The Jim Stafford Show for a season on ABC. His biggest mainstream hits were Spiders & Snakes (1973, #3 USA), My Girl Bill (1974, #12) and Wildwood Weed (1974, #7). He was married to singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry for a time in the late 70s.

Further reading: Jim Stafford at All Music Guide.

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