Bobbie Gentry

Born Jul 27, 1944

Roberta Lee Streeter, professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American former singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States. Gentry shot to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" in 1967.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobbie Gentry.


1944 Birth Born on July 27, 1944.
1952 7 Years Old She chose her stage name from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry, about a heroine born into poverty but determined to make a success of her life. … Read More


1962 17 Years Old Gentry then moved to Los Angeles to enter UCLA as a philosophy major. She supported herself with clerical jobs, occasionally performing at nightclubs. She also worked as a fashion model, and on June 29, 1962, United Press International circulated a wire photo of Gentry posing in a swimsuit alongside a second model and Cheryl Crane, daughter of Lana Turner.
1964 19 Years Old She later transferred to the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to develop her composition and performing skills. In 1964, she made her recording debut in two duets – "Requiem for Love" and "Stranger in the Mirror" with rockabilly singer Jody Reynolds.


…  The track spent four weeks as the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart of 1967 and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Gentry's second album, The Delta Sweete, released in 1968, did not match the success of her first. … Read More
1969 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, she taped four television specials for the Canadian CFTO television station for North American syndication.
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, she hosted a short-lived summer replacement variety show on CBS called The Bobbie Gentry Happiness Hour. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Baer directed the feature film Ode to Billy Joe, which was based on her hit song and starred Robby Benson and Glynnis O'Connor. … Read More
1978 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Her last public appearances as a performer were on Christmas Night 1978 as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and on 10 May 1981 on All-Star Salute to Mother's Day. … Read More
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