About The Artist
Wallace Logan Stamper, better known by his nickname "Pete," is primarily a humorist with a long association with the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He also spent three years with the Ozark Jubilee when it was on ABC-TV. Pete sometimes left Renfro Valley for extended tours as a comedian with such more noted figures as Red Foley, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. In fact, early in Dolly's career, Pete was her manager for a time.
A native of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, when Stamper was fourteen he and a friend named Clarence Williams formed a duet and auditioned for a program at WHOP Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They had a friend who was to do comedy, but he got "cold feet" and Pete had to fill in for him. After that Pete got more oriented toward humor. After a hitch in the army, he and Clarence auditioned for Renfro Valley where they became "Clarence and Waldo," a duo based on Homer and Jethro in 1952.
A couple of years later when Red Foley planned to leave WSM and go to the Ozark Jubilee, he urged Pete to audition. Red was so impressed that he took Pete on a two-week tour. Then he moved to Springfield and became a regular on the new program through 1957.
Pete came back to Renfro Valley and remained there-except for occasional tours with other country stars. In addition to his humorous monologues, Stamper served in other roles as well. He has been a disc jockey at WRVK and sometimes a station manager. At times he also edited the Renfro Valley Bugle and wrote a column for it. Pete also did a song now and then, notably one about an automobile made from different car parts, "Cheva-Kaiser-Olds-Mo-Laca-Stude-War-Linco-Baker." He wrote a history of Renfro Valley titled It All Happened in Renfro Valley (University Press of Kentucky, 1999).
Research shows he also wrote or co-wrote several other tunes:
Pete's humor was highlighted by a 1972 column by Elmer Hinton who gave readers some examples. Around
this time, Pete had released a new comedy album on the Renfro Valley label.
Pete said they don't have any posted speed limit in Dawson Springs (KY). The way they handle it is the sheriff has a dog that lays out at the edge of town and runs the cars that pass. If the car comes in ahead of the dog, they arrest the driver for speeding.
In 2017, Stamper celebrated sixty-five years in show business and was inducted into the Kentucky Country Hall of Fame.
His most popular monologues included giving directions on how to get to his house, giving his wife driving lessons, and taking his grandkids on a Florida vacation. Activities at Renfro Valley were cancelled for 2020, during which time lapse Renfro Valley's favorite comedian passed away, three months prior to his 90th birthday.
On July 25, 2020, what would have been his 90th birthday,a ceremony to celebrate Pete's life was held at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Renfro Valley.
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