Bobbie Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter; July 27, 1942) is a retired American singer-songwriter, who was one of the first female artists in America to compose and produce her own material.   Gentry rose to international fame in 1967 with her Southern Gothic narrative " Ode to Billie Joe ". 
People just didn’t delve into the “meaning of life”at the table. Adults talked about adult things and kids were not to talk about adult subjects.When Bobbie Gentry was asked about the meaning of the song, she pretty much said it is what it is.(Not unlike Dylan said about HIS lyrics.In the Deep South, farm life was harsh. People were ...
Gentry's song was adapted for the 1976 film of the same name, which provides its own answer as to the mystery in the lyrics. The song appeared on Rolling Stone 's lists, 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Greatest Country Songs, while Pitchfork featured it on their 200 Best Songs of the 1960s list.
Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" is a very artful work of the Southern Gothic style. The story implies much, much more than is told, leaving the listener with more questions than answers by the end. Clearly, something is not quite right, and furthermore it is going on under everyone's nose, with only the singer knowing the rest of the story and keeping her secret. That's how Gothic works ...
"Fancy" is a song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry in 1969. The country song was a crossover pop music hit for Gentry, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 (her second and final solo single to do so) and the top 30 of the Billboard country chart. It was covered in 1990 by country music artist Reba McEntire on her album Rumor Has It.
Bobbie Gentry's song, "Ode to Billy Joe" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Hit #113 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1969 with "Touch 'Em with Love" (Capitol 2501) In a 2003 CMT poll, Bobbie Gentry's song "Fancy" was ranked #27 as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music.
In 1970, Bobbie Gentry's version, from her album Fancy, reached number 40 in the UK chart.  In 1970, it was covered in French by French singer Sacha Distel as ”Toute La Pluie Tombe Sur Moi”, while his English-language version was a number 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart ,  and number 13 in Ireland; the French version reaching number 10 in his home country.