Jim Stafford breaks silence on breathtaking song weaver Bobbie Gentry

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Jim Stafford, former husband of “Ode to Billie Joe” song weaver Bobbie Gentry and a crossover pop artist in his own right, tentatively goes on the record in his first conversation in decades committed to the mysterious Mississippi Delta queen. Seen here is the Best New Artist of 1967 captured during filming of NBC’s Timex-sponsored “The Best on Record: The Grammy Awards Show,” a special recognizing the Grammy’s 10th anniversary broadcast on May 8, 1968. Image Credit: NBCU Photo Bank
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Under an overflowing sycamore tree, Tennessee Lieutenant Governor John Wilder officiates the private wedding ceremony of Jim Stafford to Bobbie Gentry on October 15, 1978, near Memphis. Photography by Thomas Busier / The Memphis Commercial Appeal
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A sizzling Bobbie Gentry contemplates her worldwide stardom one year after “Ode to Billie Joe” stormed pop radio during an appearance on “Kraft Music Hall,” a long-running NBC variety series. Gentry’s episode premiered on September 11, 1968. Image Credit: NBCU Photo Bank

The Jim Stafford Interview, Part Four [conclusion]

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A beaming Jim Stafford of “My Girl Fame” fame poses alongside first wife Bobbie Gentry, a well-renowned singer-songwriter in her own right, circa spring 1981. Photography by Bob V. Noble / Globe Photos
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Singer-songwriters Jim Stafford and Bobbie Gentry are officially married by Tennessee Lieutenant Governor John Wilder on October 15, 1978, in Somerville, about 20 miles east of Memphis. Photography by Thomas Busier / The Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Although they were officially divorced two years earlier, Jim Stafford and Bobbie Gentry are seen hand in hand at the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 30, 1981 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Photography by Ron Galella / WireImage
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Bobbie Gentry’s revealing red gown leaves little to the imagination as she attends the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with former husband / singer-songwriter Jim Stafford on April 30, 1981 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Photography by Ron Galella / WireImage
Watch a video of Jim Stafford revealing his close bond with Tyler Stafford, the entertainer’s only child with “I Saw an Angel Die” songwriter Bobbie Gentry, during an early 1988 appearance on “The Wil Shriner Show,” a blink and you’ll miss it nationally syndicated talk show. Video Credit: YouTube user Peg Mularz / CBS Television Distribution

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