Nobody’s bumpkin: Unmasking Mississippi Delta chanteuse Bobbie Gentry

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Bobbie Gentry is devastatingly gorgeous in red and ready for winter snowflakes in a late 1968 publicity shot. Image Credit: NBCU Photo Bank
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Bobbie Gentry is seen tackling a riff on her small acoustic Martin parlor guitar inside the FAME Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, 3614 Jackson Hwy, during the recording of the ‘Fancy album in August 1969. Image Credit: FAME Music Group
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Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry pose on Vine Street in front of Nick’s Burgers in 1968. Capitol Records would be just north of the duo. Photography by Dick Brown / Vintage Los Angeles
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A photo advertising the June 16, 1969, broadcast of ‘The Sound and the Scene’ Bobbie Gentry television special. It later wound up as the cover of the “Fancy” single, a song that Reba McEntire took to the top of the charts some 20 years later. Image Credit: Capitol Records
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Circa late 1971, presenting a curly-haired Bobbie Gentry with personal assistant and close friend Miriam Weiner. Image courtesy of Miriam Weiner
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Bobbie Gentry is seen inside the FAME Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, 3614 Jackson Hwy, during the recording of the ‘Fancy album in August 1969. Incidentally, blind R&B soul singer — guitarist Clarence Carter landed his biggest hit, “Patches,” at Rick Hall’s funky recording summit. Image Credit: FAME Music Group
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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 1981. Photography by Bob V. Noble / Globe Photos
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In perhaps her most recent image taken in 2000, Bobbie Gentry is seen with half-brother Robert Streeter, who also served as the artist’s touring guitarist and production manager at the Las Vegas Desert Inn from 1972 thru 1974. Gentry purchased the Los Angeles home from Elvis’s only child Lisa Marie Presley but has since sold it. Image Credit: The Robert Streeter Collection / Boyd Gaming

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