Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billy Joe



Servin' up some Southern Gothic realness.


25 comments:

  1. I've always thought she was wonderful!

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    1. A while back I was wondering just why she dropped off the face of the earth, what with all that talent and all those eyelashes, and this was the most current photo of her I could find: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/david-gest-and-country-singer-bobbie-gentry-circa-1985-news-photo/90858732

      Frankly, I fear for her safety. Anyone last seen with David Gest is in danger of losing, if not their life, at least their senses.

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    2. Oh my! How very alarming!

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    3. I am now more intrigued by her than ever. A woman of such talent (she wrote, sang, and produced her own music; played numerous instruments; even designed the costumes for her Vegas shows) who, apparently, made a lot of money and then, while still in her thirties, simply disappeared. Supposedly she lives in LA and refuses all requests for interviews or photos. She would be about 68 now.

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    4. Remarkable that she chose never to sing again! Here's an excellent blog about Miss G by Bob Stanley of St Etienne, which I found fascinating... Jx

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    5. I actually read that post last night (during my "research") and had no idea it was the guy from St. Etienne!

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    6. I think the BBC is eavesdropping on "The Redundant Variety Housr" - just last night they broadcast on Radio 2 a show called Whatever happened to Bobbie Gentry?, presented by Roseanne Cash... Jx

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  2. It's amazing how a few guitar chords at the beginning of a song can put you back in the same frame of mind you were 40 some years earlier.

    BrianB

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  3. The song was played freely in my home, when I was a child....
    I never saw that '76 film that tried to explain the meaning behind the song.
    I was not on a need-to-know basis...

    Now I am fifty and spend a whole lot of time picking flowers up on Choctaw Ridge.....

    This song is me and, is there another piece of apple pie?

    Pass the biscuits please...

    xoxoxo
    w

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    1. I always think of you when I hear this song.

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    2. The film is not very inspiring, but it's memorable for its terrible acting and wishy-washy theory that Billy Joe was gay.

      Since I watched it, Robby Benson (who played Billy) seems to be appearing in every other movie I see, which is amusing both because he's generally very goofy and because there's a line in the Billy Joe film that goes something like "I want to make love to you with a fierce regularity." I will quote this every time I see Robby, much to the annoyance of my ladyfriend.

      As has been previously established, I have no shame!

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    3. Needless to say, I saw the movie in the theater when it was originally released. It's not very good (directed by "Jethro" from The Beverly Hillbillies!) but was of interest to me as a gay teen. And back then I was certain Robby Benson was gay, too! In retrospect, he really was pretty goofy.

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    1. Jason, believe it or not, "Perfection" was my original caption for this post! Because it really doesn't get better than this.

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  5. There is this song, written, produced and sung by this woman with that phenomenal string arrangement - and then there is everything else.

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  6. When I was about eleven, I actually saw her in concert at an autoshow in Portland, Oregon (1967, I think). Back when autoshows were a big deal. I didn't really know who she was then, but my older brother was really into her. We also saw Diana Ross and the Supremes the preceding year.

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  7. I'd love to open a bar and call it Choctaw Ridge

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  8. Billy Joe may not have had a lick of sense, but Bobby Gentry did! I like to think of her as one of the few that got away from the scene unscathed. She cashed in, and lived happily ever after... at least in my imagination! Who knows what went on in reality! I heard she is in LA somewhere.

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    1. Well said! I had always assumed her career gradually faded, and had no idea until recently that she made a conscious choice to withdraw. Regardless, she was a smart, talented, and lovely woman.

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    2. And rich! I heard she actually saved all her money and made wise choices with it... not the usual Hollywood riches to rags story. I like that her identity remains a mystery... one I hope we will never solve!

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