Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is a former American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to write and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.
With her U.S. #1 album, Ode to Billie Joe, and the Southern Gothic narrative of the title track, she won the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy awards in 1968. The title track was the fourth most popular song in the United States in 1967. Gentry charted nine singles in Billboard Hot 100 and four singles in the United Kingdom Top 40. After her first albums, she turned towards the variety show genre. After losing interest in performing after a successful run in Vegas in the late 1970s, she quit performing and has since lived privately in Los Angeles.
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