Ode to Billie Joe
Bobbie Lee Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter; July 27, 1942) is an American retired singer-songwriter who was one of the first female artists in America to compose and produce her own material.
Gentry rose to international fame in 1967 with her Southern Gothic narrative “Ode to Billie Joe“. The track spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was third in the Billboard year-end chart of 1967, earning Gentry Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968
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