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...In the late 1960s and early 1970s focus on singer-songwriters, Bobbie Gentry emerged as one of the first females to achieve broad success within the country music idiom. Born in 1944 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Gentry was raised...

Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe

Tara Murtha

Tara Murtha is the author of Ode to Billie Joe (#102). She tweets at @taramurtha. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2014

33 1/3 Books

...July, 1967: It seems the entire country stopped to listen to a husky voice steeped in the simmering secrets of the South tell a tragic tale of teenage suicide. So much for the Summer of Love. Ode to Billie Joe knocked the Beatles’ “All You...