Bobbie Gentry

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Bobbie Gentry Pencil Portrait
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If you’re under 40 years old, it’s okay to ask who Bobbie Gentry is. If you’re over sixty (gulp, like yours truly), there’s no need. The singer notched an unconventional pop crossover hit with “Ode to Billy Joe” in 1967 and then found some country radio success with Glen Campbell before releasing her song “Fancy” (later recorded by Reba McEntire) to country radio.

After cutting a flurry of albums in four years, she stopped after Patchwork in 1971, choosing to settle in Las Vegas where she had a popular residency for more than a decade. Two husbands, one child and a few meetings with Elvis Presley that set tabloids off all kept her in fame’s spotlight. Then she vanished, with no one knowing where she was for two decades! Even her family is said to have lost contact with her during this time.

Recommended listening

Ode to Billie Joe (1967)

Bobbie Gentry’s sole chart-topping album “Ode to Billie Joe” dropped on Capitol and dethroned the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in August 1967. A singer-songwriter waxing Americana decades before the genre was in vogue, the Mississippian’s sensuous, smoky vocals and mini Martin acoustic guitar riffs powered the LP’s mysterious, swampy, suicide-themed title cut to number one during a month-long sojourn.

The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters (2018)

One for the aficionados, “The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters” is an 8-disc box set compilation album featuring Gentry’s entire recording career with Capitol Records, bringing together 7 studio albums, 75 previously unreleased tracks, including demos, alternate takes and live recordings from her BBC television series.

A lengthy interview with archivist Andrew Batt about the production of this box set set can be located at: