Book explores the mystery of Gentry

January 23, 2015 4:32 PM

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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 object 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."

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