Ode to Billie Joe (album)

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Ode to Billie Joe
Studio album by Bobbie Gentry
Released August 21, 1967
Recorded March - July, 1967, Hollywood, CA
Genre Country
Length 30:18
Label Capitol
Producer Kelly Gordon
Bobbie Gentry chronology
Ode to Billie Joe
The Delta Sweete
Singles from Ode to Billie Joe
  1. "Ode to Billie Joe" / "Mississippi Delta"
    Released: July 1967
  2. "I Saw an Angel Die" / "Poppa, Won't 'Cha Let Me Go To Town With You"
    Released: 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Ode to Billie Joe is the debut solo studio album by Bobbie Gentry. It was released in 1967. It was produced by Kelly Gordon and arranged by Jimmie Haskell and Shorty Rogers. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic critic, Richie Unterberger wrote of the album "Her vocals are poised and husky throughout the record, on which she was definitely on the right track -- one that she was quickly diverted from, into more MOR-oriented sounds."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Bobbie Gentry; except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "Mississippi Delta" – 3:05
  2. "I Saw an Angel Die" – 2:56
  3. "Chickasaw County Child" – 2:45
  4. "Sunday Best" – 2:50
  5. "Niki Hoeky" (Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas) – 2:45

Side 2

  1. "Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You?" – 2:30
  2. "Bugs" – 2:05
  3. "Hurry, Tuesday Child" – 3:52
  4. "Lazy Willie" – 2:36
  5. "Ode to Billie Joe" – 4:15


Billboard albums

Year Chart Chart position
1967 Pop Albums No. 1
1967 Black Albums No. 5
1967 Country Albums No. 1

Billboard Singles

Year Single Chart Chart position
1967 "Ode to Billie Joe" Adult Contemporary No. 7
1967 "Ode to Billie Joe" Black Singles No. 8
1967 "Ode to Billie Joe" Country Singles No. 17
1967 "Ode to Billie Joe" Pop Singles No. 1


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Preceded by
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 14–27, 1967
Succeeded by
Diana Ross and The Supremes Greatest Hits
by The Supremes