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Pete Stamper

December 7, 1985 OHC234 119 min.


Country comedian. Born 1930. Veteran radio and television performer. Appeared on the Ozark Jubilee radio show and the Jubilee USA television show during the mid-1950s. Joined the Renfro Valley Barn Dance as a cast member in 1958. Author of It All Happened In Renfro Valley (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1999).

Interview Summary

1985 December 7
(1 hour, 59 minutes)
Country comedian Pete Stamper talks about his work for John Lair and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Discussion includes his childhood and early musical influences; his first radio program as the Pine Valley Boys; his early stage performances; his introduction to comedy work; a description of the comedy of Goober Buchanan, Rod Brasfield, and Uncle Cyp; his first Renfro Valley appearances and memories of the show during the early 1950s; a description of John Lair’s broadcast style; working with Betty Foley; his changing comedy style; his work with Red Foley; working on the Ozark Jubilee; comments on the popularity of the Ozark Jubilee television show; working with Porter Wagoner; comedy and the country music business; working on the Grand Ole Opry; his return to Renfro Valley; working as a disc jockey; changes in Renfro Valley ownership; working for Dolly Parton; changes in country comedy; and comments on his experiences as a Renfro Valley entertainer.

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