Tara Murtha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the Ode To Billie Joe LP in an article for Rolling stone called ‘The Secret Life of Bobbie Gentry, Pioneering Artist Behind Ode to Billie Joe‘
Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A self-taught prodigy, he rose from a poor rural childhood to release over 70 albums and sell 45 million records. Campbell had a distinctive country pop sound on hits like Gentle On My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. In 1968 he recorded a duets album with Bobbie, and their easy camaraderie and obvious chemistry made the partnership a great success, resulting in a gold album, and several hit singles including Let It Be Me and All I Have To Do Is Dream. He carried on making music, releasing acclaimed new albums with younger musicians until his health gave out. In 2005 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
U.S. radio station NPR have broadcast an 8 minute audio story marking the 50 year anniversary of Bobbie’s Ode to Billie Joe single . The programme Fresh Air with Terry Gross takes an unusual angle and focuses on the many instrumental jazz covers of the song. Bobbie’s Southern Gothic saga might seem an unlikely choice, but jazz musicians really took to it. Fans can listen to the programme online here.
A special edition of the French magazine Muziq focusing on the year 1967 contains a new feature on Bobbie by Christophe Geudin. The edition is on sale 8th June.
We are looking for fans to get involved by contributing scans of their memorabilia , interviews and press photos to the website. If any fans have vintage magazine interviews or reviews of albums and concert appearances, we want to see them! The press section of the website will very much be a work in progress page as we slowly build the archive from fan submissions.