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New '33 1/3' book explores life of mysterious chanteuse Bobbie Gentry
New '33 1/3' book explores life of mysterious chanteuse Bobbie Gentry

Love was in the air in the summer of 1967, and it was all over the radio waves as well, from the Doors’ horny exhortation to a love interest in “Light My Fire” to the Beatles’ philosophically minded anthem “All You Need is Love.” In the midst of such physically and philosophically feel-good explorations of the many facets of love came one mysterious tale of a star-crossed love that seemed to end badly for all concerned: Bobbie Gentry’s Southern gothic tale of doomed romance, “Ode to Billie Joe.” It was a massive hit, pushing “All You Need Is Love” out of the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart after...

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