Bobbie Gentry
American singer-songwriter
Bobbie Gentry
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.
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Bobbie Gentry gets country music trail marker
Yahoo News - over 3 years
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Country singer Bobbie Gentry is being honored in her home state with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.
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Music Match: If You Like Bobbie Gentry, Try Tift Merritt
NYTimes - about 4 years
Bobbie Gentry, a star of the 1970s, and the contemporary artist Tift Merritt share Southern roots, country-music inflections and a gift for song writing.
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Original Phoenix Suns ownership had serious star power
AZCentral - Arizona's Home Page - over 4 years
How about this for a list of limited partners in the original Phoenix Suns ownership group: Crooner Andy Williams, actor Tony Curtis, singer Bobbie Gentry, musician Henry Mancini and actor Ed Ames.
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You'd Like Norah Jones When She's Angry
The Atlantic - almost 5 years
Angst, and production from Danger Mouse, make Little Broken Hearts her liveliest release yet. Bluenote/EMI A decade after her blockbuster debut album, Norah Jones is finally upset. This isn't the usual pattern. Pop stars are supposed to start out lean, hungry, and pissed-off, and then slowly mellow out over time. But it would be difficult to imagine a more mellow starting point than 2002's diamond-selling Come Away With Me, with its drowsy tempos, economical instrumentation, and Jones's intimate delivery, which split the difference between "sultry" and "don't wake the baby." What's new in arts and entertainment. See full coverage She hasn't exactly started belting in the years since, but her voice has grown more confident and supple, moving away from the studied pseudo-jazz phrasing of her early records and into a more relaxed space. The immense success of Come Away with Me—it's often considered the first Starbucks hit—essentially gave her carte blanche to do ...
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Knight at the Movies: Our Idiot Brother; Brighton Rock; film notes - Windy City Times
Google News - over 5 years
28, at the Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, at 7 pm Ode, which has LGBT themes, was based on Herman Raucher's novel and screenplay, which, in turn, was inspired by the Bobbie Gentry classic country song "Ode to Billy Joe
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Glen Campbell Hits TV Screens In Line With New Album Release - Altsounds.com
Google News - over 5 years
Among them are full-length favorites like 1967's By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell and the 2x-platinum certified Wichita Lineman (both released in 1968), and 1969's Galveston. Though Campbell 's life has taken many difficult
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The Guard – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
An exegetic argument about Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe" between Gerry, a gangster's moll and the chief drug dealer could have come out of Reservoir Dogs, or Tipperary Terriers as they might well call it out there. When the climax comes,
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Watch the Video for 'No One Is (As I Are Be)' By Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
So if the song in the above video, called “No One Is (As I Are Be),” seems to evoke Bobbie Gentry's dusty Delta ballad “Ode to Billie Joe,” it's no coincidence: that's the tune Mr. Malkmus cited as his sonic inspiration for the track
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Video: BAM's Blog top 21 Oklahoma country songs - NewsOK.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“Fancy,” recorded by Reba McEntire, written by Bobbie Gentry. There's a reason that Reba uses this as the encore for her shows and has for years. This Southern gothic tale of a white-trash girl determined to become a lady by any means necessary
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Irish noir 'Guard' is one to watch - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Boyle teaches Everett how to toast in Gaelic (Slainte Gaelach) and wants to know what Billie Joe and his girlfriend threw off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Bobbie Gentry's “Ode to Billie Joe.” The film features a troll-like, wise-mouthed little boy with a
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How Did Eric Church Get a No. 1 Album Without Any Hit Singles? Experts Weigh In - Billboard.biz
Google News - over 5 years
That's when Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" topped the albums list on Oct. 14, 1967. Gentry's only top 10 single came later in 1970, when "All I Have to Do Is Dream" reached No. 6. While Church doesn't have universal support across all of country
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„The Shining of Things“ von Hanne Boel - Echo-online
Google News - over 5 years
Ihrer Komposition schien 1967 Bobbie Gentry ultimative Schmerzlichkeit verliehen zu haben. Die Story wurde 1976 verfilmt, der Song von Natalie Merchant und Sinéad O'Connor gecovert. Boel spiegelt die hauchige Artikulation der Vorlage, zerbricht aber
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Bill Evans “The Sesjun Radio Shows†- Rochester City Newspaper
Google News - over 5 years
He is also up to date, converting songs by Paul Simon and Bobbie Gentry/Glen Campbell into standards. Evans' playing couldn't be more sublime. Gorgeous flurries of notes embellish eloquent melodic variations at every turn. All of his band-mates provide
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Robbie Williams reveals favourite things - Viagogo
Google News - over 5 years
Queen and U2 are Robbie's favourite bands, while his songs of choice include Wichita Lineman, which was first recorded by Glen Campbell in 1968, and Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe. Other revelations in the performer's list include the fact that his
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Readers recommend: songs about accidents – results - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Bobbie Gentry sings Ace Insurance Man in a detached whisper, her story of rural folk being preyed on by insurance company spivs enlivened by some sweeping strings, funky horns and a groovy organ. There's a whole genre – the 60s teen melodrama – based
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobbie Gentry
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    In a 2016 article, a Washington Post reporter indicated she currently lives a private life about a two-hour drive from the site of the Tallahatchie River bridge that made her famous.
    More Details Hide Details In the hectic societal atmosphere of 1967, Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" stood out with its simplicity and integrity. Gentry is one of the first female country artists to write and produce her own material. Typically her songs have autobiographic characteristics. Gentry charted 11 singles in Billboard Hot 100 and four singles in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. Beth Orton recorded a song entitled "Bobby Gentry" featured on her The Other Side of Daybreak album. Similarly, Jill Sobule recorded "Where Is Bobbie Gentry?" for her album California Years. Gentry's 1969 composition "Fancy" provided a top-ten country hit for Reba McEntire, who covered the song in 1991. Producer and singer Joe Henry, in a 2011 interview, cited "Ode" as "an incredibly deft bit of writing in the way that that story is unfolded. … It places the character in a moment, and then the story just starts to unfold around it", and was a song that influenced him early in his life listening to music on the radio.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 33
    She married singer and comedian Jim Stafford on October 15, 1978; they divorced just short of one year, after the birth of their son Tyler.
    More Details Hide Details She has not since remarried. From 1968 until 1987, she also had partial ownership of the Phoenix Suns.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    She married a businessman named Tom Toutant in 1976 and again was divorced in less than a year.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the movie, the mystery of the title character's suicide is revealed as a part of the conflict between his love for Bobbie Lee Hartley and his emerging homosexuality. Gentry's re-recording of the song for the film hit the pop charts, as did Capitol's reissue of the original recording; both peaked outside the top fifty. Her behind-the-scenes work in television production failed to hold her interest. After a 1978 single for Warner Bros. Records, "He Did Me Wrong, But He Did It Right" failed to chart, Gentry decided to retire from show business. 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. After that, she settled in Los Angeles and remained out of the public eye.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In 1974, she hosted a short-lived summer replacement variety show on CBS called The Bobbie Gentry Happiness Hour.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which was her version of Campbell's hit series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, also on CBS, was not renewed for a full season. That same year, Gentry wrote and performed "Another Place, Another Time" for writer-director Max Baer, Jr.'s film, Macon County Line.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    Also in 1970 she received recognition for her composition "Fancy", which rose to No. 26 on the U.S. Country charts and No. 31 on the pop charts.
    More Details Hide Details Gentry's personal view on the song: The album, as was the case with the rest of her post-"Ode to Billie Joe" recordings, had little commercial success. However, it brought Gentry a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Female Vocalist. Gentry generated a significant fan base in the United Kingdom. In 1968/9 Gentry hosted her own series on BBC-TV in London, which was later widely shown in Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and elsewhere. She later signed a million-dollar contract to headline in her own $150,000 nightclub revue in Las Vegas which she produced and choreographed, and for which she wrote and arranged the music. She said, In 1969, she taped four television specials for the Canadian CFTO television station for North American syndication.
    In January 1970 it became a number-six hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for Dionne Warwick.
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  • 1969
    Age 24
    Gentry has been married three times. Her first marriage was to casino magnate Bill Harrah on December 18, 1969; they were granted a divorce on April 16, 1970.
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    In 1969, she released Touch 'Em with Love, her most critically acclaimed album, which gave her a number-one hit in the UK with "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    Gentry's second album, The Delta Sweete, released in 1968, did not match the success of her first.
    More Details Hide Details It yielded a Billboard top-sixty hit, "Okolona River Bottom Band". She also collaborated on the album Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell, which earned a gold record certificate. Gentry made numerous guest appearances on TV shows hosted by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Andy Williams, Carol Burnett, and Bobby Darin. Among them was her performance of the Cajun number "Niki Hoeky" on The Summer Brothers Smothers Show.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    Gentry won three Grammy Awards in 1967, including Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details She was also named the Academy of Country Music's Most Promising Female Vocalist. In February 1968 Gentry took part in the Italian Song Festival in Sanremo, as one of two performers (alongside Al Bano) of the song "La siepe" by Vito Pallavicini and Massara. In a competition of 24 songs, the entry qualified to the final 14 and eventually placed ninth. Gentry (along with many other celebrities) was one of the original owners of the Phoenix Suns basketball team.
    The track topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in August 1967 and placed No. 4 in the year-end chart.
    More Details Hide Details The single hit No. 8 on Billboard Black Singles and No. 13 in the UK Top 40 and sold over three million copies all over the world. Rolling Stone magazine listed it among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2001. The album, Ode to Billie Joe replaced Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the top of Billboard Albums Chart and reached No. 5 of the Billboard Black Albums chart.
    In 1967 Gentry produced her first single, the country rock "Mississippi Delta".
    More Details Hide Details However, the flipside, "Ode to Billie Joe", with its sparse sound and controversial lyrics, started to receive airplay in the U.S. Capitol's shortened version added to the song's mystery. Questions arose among the listeners: what did Billie Joe and his girlfriend throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge, and why did Billie Joe commit suicide? Gentry herself has commented on the song, saying that its real theme was indifference:
    She continued performing in nightclubs until Capitol Records executive Kelly Gordon heard a demo she had recorded in 1967.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gentry charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. After her first albums, she had a successful run of variety shows on the Las Vegas Strip. She lost interest in performing in the late 1970s, and since 2010 has lived in a private gated community in Shelby County, Tennessee. Gentry was born near Woodville in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, an only child to Robert and Ruby (Bullington) Streeter. Her parents divorced shortly after her birth, and her mother moved to California. She was raised on her grandparents' farm in Chickasaw County. Her grandmother traded one of the family's milk cows for a neighbor's piano, and seven-year-old Bobbie composed her first song, "My Dog Sergeant Is a Good Dog". She attended school in Greenwood, Mississippi, and began teaching herself to play the guitar, bass, banjo, and the vibraphone.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 17
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She began performing at local country clubs, and encouraged by Bob Hope, she performed in a revue at Les Folies Bergeres nightclub of Las Vegas.
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on July 27, 1944.
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