Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry

 

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Bobbie Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter; July 27, 1944) 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. Since 2010 Gentry has lived in a private gated community of Notting Creek in Shelby County, Tennessee.[5]

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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
 
"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".The film was directed and produced by Max Baer, Jr.
Ruby Gentry
 
Ruby Gentry is a 1952 film directed by King Vidor and starring Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston and Karl Malden.The movie and the title character were the inspiration for Roberta Lee Streeter to take the performing name Bobbie Gentry.

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Song Appearances & References8

Musical Group References1

Films2

Minor Film Appearances & References1

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers12

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Flashback: Watch Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry's Dreamy 'Let It Be Me'
  –  January 24, 2018
With Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry – not to mention Merle Haggard and Buck Owens - on Capitol Records in the late Sixties, the label was a country-music powerhouse. And while Gentry had soared to the top of the pop and country charts with her "Ode to ...
Flashback: Watch Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry's Dreamy 'Let It Be Me'
  –  January 24, 2018
With Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry – not to mention Merle Haggard and Buck Owens - on Capitol Records in the late Sixties, the label was a country-music powerhouse. And while Gentry had soared to the top of the pop and country charts with her "Ode to ...
Paula Cole, a best new artist Grammy winner, looks back
  –  January 22, 2018
"Go back and listen to the masters and honor the masters and be part of the legacy." One of those masters is Bobbie Gentry, one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. She covers Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" on her new ...
On Anderson East’s ‘Encore,’ An Aspiring Soul Singer Steps Into His Own
  –  January 16, 2018
During that period, the sounds of genres had not yet been codified, and white singers in the south routinely recorded soul albums — this was the era of Bobbie Gentry’s “He Made a Woman Out Pf Me,” Tony Joe White’s “They Caught The Devil And Put ...
Where Is Bobbie Gentry?
  –  December 21, 2017
“Ode to Billie Joe” on vinyl. Photo illustration by Studio 360. Photos by Fabio Penna/Creative Commons and Wikimedia. Listen to this episode of Studio 360 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: A theater in Memphis decided to stop showing ...

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