• Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe
    (Capitol Records  1967  T2830  Mono)
    UK Pressing

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)

    G&L Flipback Sleeve in Excellent+ condition
    - some creasing to the laminate near opening edge & some discolouration marks on back

    Bobbie Lee Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter; July 27, 1942) is a retired American singer-songwriter who was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material.

    Gentry rose to international fame in 1967 with her Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe".[4] 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 Grammyawards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968.

    Gentry charted 11 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. After her first albums, she had a successful run of variety shows on the Las Vegas Strip. In the late 1970s Gentry lost interest in performing, and subsequently retired from the music industry. News reports conflict on the subject of where she currently lives.

    Ode to Billie Joe is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry. It was released on August 21, 1967, by Capitol Records.

    Despite performing regularly with her mother in the mid-60s, Gentry’s sole ambition originally was to write songs to sell to other artists, telling the Washington Post that she only sang on the recording of "Ode to Billie Joe" that she took to Capitol because it was cheaper than hiring someone to sing it. Gentry also brought "Mississippi Delta" to Capitol on the same demo tape and it was this recording, rather than "Ode to Billie Joe", that initially got her signed. In retrospect, the track is more obviously commercial and reflects what was on the charts in 1967.

    Gentry was officially signed to Capitol Records on June 23, 1967, and staff producer Kelly Gordon was given "Ode to Billie Joe" as his first full length production for the label. Both of Bobbie’s "demo" tracks became the album masters; the purchased recording of "Mississippi Delta" was the version issued, but "Ode to Billie Joe" had a string arrangement by Jimmie Haskell dubbed onto the original recording at Capitol. It was the day after the string session that Capitol’s A&R team decided definitively that "Ode to Billie Joe" would be the A-side.

    Following the single's success, the rest of the album was quickly assembled from a selection of demos Gentry had already recorded guitar and vocal tracks for, with overdubs being completed in a matter of days at Capitol. The result was a unique combination of blues, folk and jazz elements, that furthered Gentry’s recollections of her home, and felt more like a concept album than a hastily assembled collection of songs. Capitol pre-ordered 500,000 copies – the largest pressing of a debut album in the label's history at that point. The album was in stores less than a month after it was completed.

    Track listing

    All tracks written by Bobbie Gentry, except as noted.

    Side one
    No. Title Recording date Length
    1. "Mississippi Delta" c. February 1967 3:05
    2. "I Saw an Angel Die" July 26, 1967 2:56
    3. "Chickasaw County Child" May 24, 1967 2:45
    4. "Sunday Best" July 26, 1967 2:50
    5. "Niki Hoeky" (Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas) July 26, 1967 2:30
    Side two
    No. Title Recording date Length
    1. "Papa, Won't You Let Me Go to Town with You?" July 26, 1967 2:30
    2. "Bugs" May 24, 1967 2:05
    3. "Hurry, Tuesday Child" July 26, 1967 3:52
    4. "Lazy Willie" May 24, 1967 2:36
    5. "Ode to Billie Joe" c. March 1967 4:15

    Personnel

    • Bobbie Gentry - vocals
    • Kelly Gordon - producer
    • Jimmie Haskell - arranger, conductor
    • Joe Polito - engineer
    • Ed Simpson - cover photo

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    BOBBIE GENTRY - ODE TO BILLIE JOE LP - Nr MINT MONO UK SOUL BLUES COUNTRY

    • Product Code: T2830
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