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    Bobbie Gentry "Ode To Billy Joe"

    Love her voice....reminds me of Dusty Springfield

    Bobbie Gentry 'Ode to Billie Joe" enjoy..............

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    Great voice!

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    Love that song.

    Gene Harris does a nice piano quartet version of it on his live album recorded at the Ste. Chapelle winery in Idaho:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CA-35 View Post
    Love her voice....reminds me of Dusty Springfield
    Speakin' o' Dusty, I always considered "Son of a Preacher Man" to be the rightful heir to the "Billie Joe" legacy...I still have both of 'em on 45 and I did not consider myself a country fan as a kid...
    Clay, didja ever hear this one?:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Speakin' o' Dusty, I always considered "Son of a Preacher Man" to be the rightful heir to the "Billie Joe" legacy...I still have both of 'em on 45 and I did not consider myself a country fan as a kid...
    Clay, didja ever hear this one?:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8
    Al that is great. Now I know who she is. Yes, heard that tune before, many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly Wood View Post
    Al that is great. Now I know who she is. Yes, heard that tune before, many times.
    Dusty also is the one who sang "The Look Of Love" in the '67 version of Casino Royale.
    It's enough to cause a few of us here to reach for our, uh..... blood pressure meds......(nudge nudge wink wink)
    And Ms Gentry herself covered "Preacher Man" a year after the original.....
    Final note:
    The chart for "Billie Joe" shows deceptively simple chord changes..it's gettin' the Spanish moss to hang off 'em right that's the tricky part..but it made me fall in love with the tune all over again 3 or 4 years back.
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    Updated lovingly by Jill Sobule a few years ago.

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    Sadly, Dusty succumbed to breast cancer in 1999 at the young age of 59. Bobbie, now 76, still lives a private life in a gated community in suburban Memphis, about a two-hour drive from the site of the Tallahatchie River bridge that made her famous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    Dusty also is the one who sang "The Look Of Love" in the '67 version of Casino Royale.
    One of my all-time favorite songs. I currently have six versions of it in my iTunes library. Including Dusty's, of course!

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