Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry



Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material.[1] Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.

Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" in 1967.[2] 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[3] and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968. Gentry charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40.[4] 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.[5]



Ode to Billie Joe
"Ode to Billie Joe" is a 1967 song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
"Fancy" is a song written and originally performed by Bobbie Gentry in 1969.
Ode to Billy Joe
Ode to Billy Joe is a 1976 film with a screenplay by Herman Raucher, inspired by the 1967 hit song by Bobbie Gentry, titled "Ode to Billie Joe".
Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry is a 1952 film directed by King Vidor and starring Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston and Karl Malden.

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Inside Glen Campbell's Classic Forgotten Albums
  –  August 18, 2017
as was his everybody-join-in-and-sing-along duet with Bobbie Gentry on the Everlys' "All I Have to Is Dream." Even accounting for these hit singles, we've barely scratched the surface of Campbell's output during his classic period. It's perhaps hard to get ...
Las Vegan Kashena Sampson makes her own way in country music’s capital
  –  August 17, 2017
“It’s been interesting for me to try to categorize my music for people,” she says, citing artists including Jim Croce, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Bobbie Gentry as influences. “I don’t really listen to anything that was made after the early ’80s.
Paula Cole covers the classics
  –  August 17, 2017
But one of that year’s mainstage artists, Rockport-born Paula Cole, is looking back even further: Her new album, “Ballads,” collects her versions of 20 pop standards, including Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 Southern-Gothic classic “Ode to Billie Joe ...
Voice of the Reader: Rest in peace, my friend
  –  August 17, 2017
I had been fortunate enough the previous year, to have done a decent job promoting a song "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry. The first radio station to play "Ode" was in Florida and it built from there. Capitol figured that might be a good area to get ...
Remembering ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Glen Campbell
  –  August 16, 2017
a duet of the Everly Brothers classic with Bobbie Gentry; Kentucky Means Paradise, a cover of a Merle Travis song; Ghost On The Canvas composed by The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg; Sunflower from Neil Diamond; I’m Not Gonna Miss You, the Academy-nomin ...
DAILY DEALS: An old debut, a fae loving historical, and a dark suspense
  –  August 15, 2017
When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn’t intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing ...
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  –  August 15, 2017
When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn’t intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing ...
TCM Diary: Ruby Gentry
  –  August 14, 2017
Bobbie Gentry, the creator of that sleepy-dusty 1967 hit “Ode to Billie Joe,” took her stage name from King Vidor’s 1952 film Ruby Gentry. Of course she did: Bobbie Gentry, born Roberta Lee Streeter, was raised on her grandparents’ farm in Chicasaw ...
Folk Alley Radio Show #170810
  –  August 12, 2017
In hour one, you'll hear music by The Roches, Iris Dement, and the Dixies Chicks; in addition to true classics by Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie's; also top albums from legends Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and Bonnie Raitt; and more. In hour two ...
Hayley Thompson-King, ‘Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)’ [Exclusive Premiere]
  –  August 11, 2017
I picked up this song, and it fit instantly, so we decided to include it on the record.” Recalling ’70s country chanteuses such as Bobbie Gentry, Thompson-King offers a uniquely fuzzy, old-school brand of alt-country tunes. She describes her debut ...
Lucinda Williams talks new music, tour, more ahead of Westhampton show
  –  August 11, 2017
And she recently completed a collaboration with Mercury Rev on Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe” to celebrate that song’s 50th anniversary. When reminded that 2017 is also the 50th anniversary of the death of jazz legend John Coltrane ...
Fabulous Flip Sides In Memoriam – Glen Campbell
  –  August 10, 2017
Less of Me (Capitol 2745) 1970 Glen Campbell, as a duet singer with fellow Capitol recording artist Bobbie Gentry, who also had her break through single in 1967 with “Ode to Billie Joe,” charted in the Top 100 three times annually, beginning in 1968 ...
Ted Talley: In the good ode days
  –  August 10, 2017
Instead, it was another muggy, southeast Louisiana July evening when my buddies and I first heard Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" 50 years ago this summer. We were an atypical foursome. The twins, Susan and Elizabeth, had been my classmates since ...
How Glen Campbell Made Music All His Own
  –  August 10, 2017
Pretty much no one’s writing about the elegance Campbell brought to the simpler material he favored. His and Bobbie Gentry’s sleepy recording of “Let it Be Me” is buried in horns and strings, but Campbell’s vocal run in the bridge brings a sexy ...
Glen Campbell stole the show on the stage and the golf course
  –  August 9, 2017
Campbell opened that night for Bobbie Gentry, who had just hit it big with Ode to Billie Joe. She was Mississippi’s darling and a crowd of 6,100, some of whom had to sit behind her, showed up to hear her and watch her perform. Gov. John Bell Williams was ...
Listen to 10 Essential Glen Campbell Songs
  –  August 9, 2017
Mr. Webb’s melody requires whoever sings it to fly. Mr. Campbell soars. In 1968, Mr. Campbell recorded a smart duets album with Bobbie Gentry that went No. 1 on the country charts. The set opened with a song Mr. Campbell wrote, “Less of Me,” that ...
Glen Campbell obituary
  –  August 9, 2017
Like many country singers, Campbell recorded duets, first with Bobbie Gentry (their version of All I Have to Do Is Dream was No 3 in the UK in 1969) and later with Anne Murray, Rita Coolidge and Tanya Tucker. Campbell began an affair with Tucker ...
Glen Campbell: 20 Essential Songs
  –  August 9, 2017
Almost 10 years after the Everly Brothers scored a hit with this harmony-heavy ballad, Campbell and Bobbie Gentry got a piece of the action too, turning "Let It be Me" into a conversation between two lovers. The pair pledge their mutual devotion over a ...
Glen Campbell‘s songs bridged country and pop
  –  August 9, 2017
Like Bobbie Gentry, with whom he recorded two Top 40 duets, and his friend Roger Miller, Campbell was a hybrid stylist, a crossover artist at home in both country and pop music. “A change has come over country music lately,” he explained in 1968.
Glen Campbell's Top 40 Biggest Billboard Hits: From 'Rhinestone Cowboy' to 'Wichita Lineman' & Beyond
  –  August 9, 2017
“All I Have To Do Is Dream” (with Bobbie Gentry), 4/4/70, No. 6 24, “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream),” 5/1/71, No. 7 25, “Manhattan Kansas,” 5/13/72, No. 6 26, “Faithless Love,” 9/8/84, No. 10 27, “True Grit,” 8/30/69, No. 9
Glen Campbell, superstar entertainer of 1960s and ’70s, dies
  –  August 8, 2017
“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” earned him three more Grammys, including album of the year in 1968. Like Bobbie Gentry, with whom he recorded two Top 40 duets, and his friend Roger Miller, Mr. Campbell was a hybrid stylist, a crossover artist at home in ...
Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81
  –  August 8, 2017
recording such iconic tracks as “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” and a string of duets with Bobbie Gentry. LP “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” won Campbell an album of the year Grammy in 1968. Outside of ...
Hall Of Fame Great Glen Campbell Passes
  –  August 8, 2017
He followed it with another big hit, Chris Gantry’s “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.” He repeated his Male Vocalist ACM win, and Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell was named the ACM Album of the Year. He became a bona fide pop star with the 1968 release ...
Donnie Johnston: A half-century ago, Summer of Love was full of war, peace
  –  August 7, 2017
There were some unexpected hit songs in August 1967, like Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” which débuted at No. 71 and “Society’s Child,” an offbeat social commentary by Janis Ian. David Houston and Tammy Wynette were also on the charts ...
Paula Cole ‘Ballads’ Coming August 11, Announces Tour Dates
  –  July 24, 2017
It is dedicated to her father, Jim Cole. Ballads is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, sung by a stunning Paula Cole we’ve not yet heard. “God Bless The Child“ single ...

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