It Happened 50 Years Ago: Bobbie Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe”

Mississippi-born musician Bobbie Gentry made ten appearances on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, with four of those songs reaching the Top 40. Her biggest hit was her first song to appear on the chart, which was also her only Top 10 hit. Exactly 50 years ago, that song — “Ode to Billie Joe” — climbed to number one for a four-week stay at the top.

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