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  Ode To Bobbie Gentry: A Tribute (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Mother announces the news of the suicide of Billie Joe MacAllister to the family, but it doesn't disturb their appetite for fl-eyed peas, biscuits and apple pie, suggesting that the family wasn't particularly close to the boy.
This leaves room for speculation that Billie Joe was with someone other than The Girl; the implication is, in the context of the rest of the song, that it was indeed she.
Billie had developed strong feelings for The Girl over the years, but she was unaware of it.
www.geocities.com.cob-web.org:8888 /odetobobbiegentry/ghannah.htm   (1257 words)

 Ode to Billie Joe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 album written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
In Raucher's novel and screenplay, Billy Joe kills himself after realising he is homosexual, and the object thrown from the bridge is the narrator's ragdoll.
"Ode To Billie Joe" was also covered by Jazz singer and pianist Patricia Barber on her 1994 album Cafe Blue.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ode_to_Billy_Joe   (528 words)

 Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry Songfacts
As far as the baby being the result of an incestuous relationship between the narrator and her father, and the father killing Billie Joe, and the narrator killing her father in retaliation, there is no evidence of this in the lyrics.
Billie Joe was at the sawmill commiting the murder when the brother saw him.
Billy Joe helped her get rid of the child (either an abortion or live birth) by throwing it off the bridge.
www.songfacts.com /detail.php?id=1623   (5599 words)

 Plot Summary for Ode to Billy Joe (1976)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact, be homosexual.
Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's sixteen.
Billy Joe is no different in this regard and his persistence is making it difficult for Bobbie Lee to maintain her virtue (the dog-earred issues of "Torrid Romance" don't help either).
www.imdb.com /title/tt0074995/plotsummary   (315 words)

 Billy Joe Shaver   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Billy Joe Shaver is one of the best and most prolific songwriters that America has ever produced.
Billy brought his son onboard and they worked together to put out some of the most rocking country music to come out of the 1980's and 90's.
Well, Billy Joe, you have talked a lot in recent interviews about all the bad things to fall your way in the last few years, with your Mom, and your wife, and your son.
www.gritz.net /subscribers_area/inner_views/billy_joe_shaver.html   (5328 words)

 The Brooklyn Rail - Ode: Bobbie Lee and Billy Joe Are Still Teenagers
And the reason for his suicide is evoked with the overall feeling that Billy Joe had a hard life, often knocked as a degenerate, without a lick of sense, and because of this, he could never have the one girl he loved.
Billy Joe feels the burden of religion and a life he can’t live.
Billy Joe, as in the original film, is oppressed by religion, but no longer bothers with the social grace to cover it up.
brooklynrail.org /2006-10/film/ode-bobbie-lee-and-billy-joe-are-still-t   (1629 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ode To Billy Joe Popularized By: Bobbie Gentry It was the third of June, another sleepy dusty delta day.
Today Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge." Papa said to mama as he passed the fl-eyed peas, "Oh, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the buiscuts please.
And she and Billy Joe was throwing something off the Tallahatchie Bridge." A year has come and gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe.
home.fuse.net /lmwade/odetobillyjoe.txt   (363 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe - Salon
Billy Joe Shaver lost his wife and his mom the same year his beloved son died of an overdose.
In an early scene from a new documentary about his life, Billy Joe Shaver is dressed head-to-toe in denim and standing on the linoleum of his kitchen floor.
"The Portrait of Billy Joe," debuted in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where Shaver's reputation as a songwriter preceded him -- as did his Job-like biography of trials and tribulations.
dir.salon.com /story/ent/music/feature/2004/05/15/shaver/index.html   (598 words)

 The Mystery of Ode to Billie Joe
The lyrics of Billy Joe are haunting and mysterious, and recount an odd Southern gothic tale of a young man's tragic suicide.
Also note that the spelling "Billie Joe" is often substituted for "Billy Joe," with the former spelling actually being used on the albulm cover.
According to her, the main theme of Billy Joe was simply death and dying, and the ways in which we can be indifferent and oblivious to the suffering of others.
www.filibustercartoons.com /billyjoe.htm   (2176 words)

 Country Music Article - Country Goes to the Movies, part II: Ode to Billie Joe, May 1997 (via CobWeb/3.1 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The movie opens with Billie Joe waiting on the bridge for his friend Bobby Lee (all names of characters are leftovers from "Petticoat Junction").
When she tells Billie Joe her fatherwon't allow her to receive gentleman callers because she'sonly 15, he reminds her she's also 32 (C cup) and she better start using them before they go bad and fall off.
Billie Joe is stubborn, and he comes a' courting anyway.
www.countrystandardtime.com.cob-web.org:8888 /movies2FEATURE.html   (1443 words)

   Chocktaw Ridge - A Fanlisting for Ode To Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry Version) Fanlisting        (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
"Ode To Billie Joe" was originally a seven minute recording with only Gentry's guitar backing the lyrics which told more of the story of what happened to Billie Joe at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
The narrator's relationship with Billie Joe, and her eventual reaction to his death, was obscured just enough to suggest that it was her and Billie Joe's baby that was pitched into the muddy waters off the Tallihatchie Bridge.
The movie "solved" the mystery of Billie Joe's suicide; he threw the narrator's doll into the river, and commited suicide in respose to a failed homosexual affair.
nasty-dress.net /chocktaw   (765 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ode to Billy Joe is a 1976 film with a screenplay by Herman Raucher adapted from his own novel, which in turn was based on the 1967 hit song by Bobbie Gentry, also titled "Ode to Billie Joe" (note different spelling).
Gentry's song recounts the night of June 3 1953, when Billie Joe McAllister committed suicide by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge on Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi.
When Gentry and Raucher got together to work on the screenplay, she explained that while the song was based on an actual event, she had no idea why the real person characterised as "Billie Joe" had killed himself.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ode_to_Billy_Joe_(film)   (375 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe
Billy Joe: I shall not be needin’ my ears, little lady, as I shall be doin’ all the talkin.’
Billy Joe:  Miss Hartley, I do not see how we can go on this way much longer.
Billy Joe:  I don’t wear ‘em in the evening.
www.vaiden.net /ode_to_billy_joe_excerpts.html   (895 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe - Salon
He thought she was running around on him even though she was seven months pregnant with Billy Joe at the time.
She recovered from the beating, but refused to raise that man's son and left soon after Billy Joe was born.
In 1968, Shaver drove a motorcycle onto Howard's front porch and announced, "My name's Billy Joe Shaver and I'm the greatest songwriter in the world!" Howard replied, "Hell, I thought I was," but after a quick listen, he sent Shaver over to Bobby Bare with a recommendation.
dir.salon.com /story/ent/music/feature/2004/05/15/shaver/index2.html   (867 words)

 Amazon.com: Ode to Billy Joe: Video: Robby Benson,Glynnis O'Connor,Joan Hotchkis,Sandy McPeak,James Best,Terence O. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
One of the most popular ideas about the song was that Billy Joe was fl, and that the "something" he and the singer had been seen throwing off the Tallahatchie bridge was their secretly born infant--and in many respects this interpretation fit the details of the lyrics Gentry wrote.
Presumably the powers that be rejected the idea of making Billy Joe fl--and there is some justification there, for Gentry never said he was, and if indeed he was fl the entire plot of the film would be obvious the instant the character appeared on the screen.
I don't belive that Billy Joe was a homosexual.
www.amazon.com /Ode-Billy-Joe-Robby-Benson/dp/6302877822   (2122 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe - Tunesmith Songwriting Forums (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The movie based on the song indicates that it was a doll they threw over the bridge and Billy Joe jumped off the bridge because he couldn't live with his guilt of having had a homesexual experience with a prominent, family man of the town.
Herman Raucher did write a book "Ode to Billy Joe" based soley on Bobbie Gentry's song, however; he elaborated and filled in the mystery to satisfy his readers as well as the viewers of the movie version which was produced by Max Baar.
Billy Joe thought he was gay and committed suicide.
tunesmith.net.cob-web.org:8888 /forums/showthread.php?p=12430#post12430   (1326 words)

 ICT [2004/05/17]  McSloy: Ode to Billy Jo, The Supreme Court's latest look into Indian law
Just as no one could ever really figure out what Bobbie Gentry's song "Ode to Billy Joe" was about and why Billy Joe jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, the Supreme Court's recent decision in United States v.
Billy Jo Lara will keep Indian law professors and practitioners up nights trying to figure out where Indian law is headed.
First, the facts: Billy Jo Lara, a Turtle Mountain Chippewa, was arrested, tried and convicted by the Spirit Lake Tribe, of which he was not a member.
www.indiancountry.com /content.cfm?id=1084814155   (883 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe News (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ode to Billy Joe News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
He was the cute teen idol in such late '70s films as "Ode to Billy Joe," "One on One" and "Ice Castles." Since then, he's become a TV director and professor,...
Yes, the star of 1976's Ode to Billy Joe and 1979's Ice Castles is a babe.
www.topix.net.cob-web.org:8888 /movies/ode-to-billy-joe   (178 words)

 Sports: Rattlers get same ode from Billy Joe
Joe hopes his "new, young and inexperienced" team is ready for some unusual challenges leading up to Saturday's 1 p.m.
Joe wonders what new schemes Delaware State will be running.
Joe and his staff have an idea of what the Hornets will try to do.
www.sptimes.com /News/082900/news_pf/Sports/Rattlers_get_same_ode.shtml   (623 words)

 Baseball Toaster: Mike's Baseball Rants : Ode to Billy Joe Morgan
Joe says the most sagely succinct statements as well as the most insipidly silly, superannuated saws sometimes sophistically simultaneously-OK, enough of the excessive sibilance.
Joe is experiencing some moral relativism during the postseason, at least where baseball morals are concerned.
Joe Morgan: Bonds is different from the player he was in past postseasons and from any player we've ever seen.
mikesrants.baseballtoaster.com /archives/7070.html   (2842 words)

 SoundStage! Bobbie Gentry - Chickasaw County Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry
What made "Ode to Billy Joe" unique was how quiet it was in comparison to other songs on the radio and how complex its story.
The events in the narrative that grab our attention the first time around -- Billie Joe’s death and what he threw off the bridge -- become less important than the interaction of the other characters in the story and the things they say -- or don’t say -- to each other.
The strings on "Ode to Billie Joe" have never sounded so vivid or so essential to the overall impact of the song.
www.soundstage.com /music/reviews/rev613.htm   (956 words)

 Movie Info for Ode to Billy Joe on MSN Movies
In 1953, Bobbie Lee Hartley (Glynnis O'Connor) is 15 years old and in love with 18-year-old Billy Joe McAllister (Robbie Benson).
Unfortunately, Bobbie's father (Sandy McPeak) and mother (Joan Hotchkis) forbid her to date until she's 16, and until then, Billy Joe and Bobbie Lee are supposed to be content with occasional meetings after church on Sunday.
Ode to Billy Joe was produced and directed by Max Baer,Jr., best remembered as Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.
entertainment.msn.com /movies/movie.aspx?m=27692   (114 words)

 Joe Krown -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Fans of instrumental classic soul jazz and organ-based blues music will love this new release from pianist, organist and composer Joe Krown, a transplanted New Yorker who's been making his home in the Crescent City for the last dozen or so years.
Krown and band interpret just one cover tune on this album, "Ode To Billy Joe," but it's a magnificent reworking of a classic tune long associated with the rural south.
"Ode To Billy Joe" is punctuated by several stellar guitar, saxophone and organ solos.
www.joekrown.com /ob-review0602.htm   (254 words)

 breath of life » NANCY WILSON / “Ode To Billie Joe”
The song in question, “Ode To Billie Joe,” dates back to 1967, when a young country singer calling herself Bobbie Gentry (real name, Roberta Streeter; born in rural Mississippi to Portuguese parents) wrote and recorded it as the b-side of her first single.
It does.) One, it is centered around the lives and loves of ordinary, working-class people and two, it tells a coherent story—though it runs barely over four minutes, Bobbie’s song has a setup, a conflict and a resolution (though an ambiguous one), all of it giving the tune the narrative sweep of a full-length movie.
I like to imagine that, in Nancy’s version, the girl in love with Billie Joe is fl and Billie Joe jumped not just because of what they did to their baby, but because he knew they could never be together.
www.kalamu.com /bol/2006/02/12/170   (1197 words)

 Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Ode to Billy Joe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Mourn the early casualties of the fall TV season.
Billy Joe Shaver in "The Portrait of Billy Joe."
The film, "The Portrait of Billy Joe," debuted in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, where Shaver's reputation as a songwriter preceded him -- as did his Job-like biography of trials and tribulations.
archive.salon.com /ent/music/feature/2004/05/15/shaver   (330 words)

 Songs that start with ODE @ Streamwaves
Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine
Ode To A Kudu (This Is Jazz #9)
Ode To Billie Joe (Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz)
songs.streamwaves.com /o/ode   (243 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe- the book, not the song quiz -- free game
Ode to Billy Joe- the book, not the song quiz -- free game
Ode to Billy Joe- the book, not the song
"'Ode To Billy Joe' is just more than a book.
www.funtrivia.com /playquiz.cfm?qid=10947   (104 words)

 Ode to Billy Joe quiz -- free game
"'Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the ________, please'".
"Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billy Joe / put a ____ down my back at the Carroll County picture show." What did those bad boys put down her back?
Do we ever find out for sure what Billy Joe and our heroine threw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?
www.funtrivia.com /playquiz.cfm?qid=173789   (226 words)

 The Song Remains The Same - Ode To Billy Joe
The Gentry family sit down too their Sunday dinner and little Bobbie gets a bit of bad news…An achingly stripped down arrangement in its original form, with the former Roberta Streeter's husky tones accompanied only by her own strumming and a swooning string arrangement by Jimmie Haskell.
Bob would appear from the cover to be your typical big band hack, but this take on Billie is far from average being a nice, tight arrangement with the parping, fruity brass to the fore.
Curtis' trademark sax tootling and the whole affair is very pleasant but this tune needs a bit of grit and a bit of the aforementioned soul and none of that is here.
www.vinylvulture.co.uk /pages/song_remains_ode.htm   (978 words)

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