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Chickasaw County Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry

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Mississippi-born songstress Bobbie Gentry burned up the country and pop Billboard charts in 1967 with her single "Ode To Billie Joe," knocking "All You Need Is Love" out of the prime #1 position, a huge feat for a new artist who had little to no hype preceding her. An astonishing 750,000 copies of the single flew from record store shelves nationally. In 1972, Gentry issued her fifth and final album, with a smattering of individual songs surfacing over the next few years. She spent the remainder of the ‘70s performing in Las Vegas and Reno before turning her back on the music business and disappearing from sight. Although Bobbie Gentry no longer records or performs, her legacy continues to inspire contemporary musicians. Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Beth Orton are but a few artists who cite Gentry as a major influence on their work.

"‘Ode To Billie Joe’ fit right into this Southern Gothic tradition. It had that mystery, that darkness. It was a different voice, a blend of blues and country and folk that was totally unique." —Lucinda Williams

• Chickasaw County Child: The Artistry Of Bobbie Gentry is the first collection to embrace her unique, complex breadth of work and reveal her as more than a "hit" country artist, casting light on Bobbie as a premiere female rock artist who ventured into uncharted territory.

• Contemporary artists as varied as Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire and The Geraldine Fibbers have all recorded her songs.

• "Ode To Billie Joe" dethroned The Beatles’ "All You Need Is Love" from Billboard’s #1 position in 1967.

• Disc compiled by noted reissues producer Gary Stewart, with liner notes by Holly George-Warren.

• Winner of three Grammy® awards for her 1967 debut including Best New Artist, plus an Academy of Country Music award.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ode To Billie Joe
  2. Papa, Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You?
  3. Mississippi Delta
  4. I Saw An Angel Die
  5. Bugs
  6. Hurry, Tuesday Child
  7. Chickasaw Country Child
  8. Okolona River Bottom Band
  9. Penduli Pendulum
  10. Mornin' Glory
  11. Jessye' Lisabeth
  12. Refractions
  13. Casket Vignette
  14. Hushabye Mountain
  15. The Girl From Cincinnati
  16. Fancy
  17. Apartment 21
  18. Benjamin
  19. Marigolds And Tangerines
  20. Beverly
  21. Billy The Kid
  22. Lookin' In
  23. Another Place, Another Time

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0001XAMNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,781 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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