Bobbie Gentry
"Mississippi Delta"

Born on her "grandaddy's" farm in Mississippi, Bobbie Gentry had a string of hits in the late sixties and early seventies before retiring early. I suppose I could have included any number of great southern female songwriters but I wanted to focus on lesser-known but still-influential women. Also, when I listen to this song, I am down there with her in the murky Mississippi. Besides, I'm completely mystified by some of the lyrics: "One-ree-o-ree-ee-reeanni Fidderliss-farce-nickory- john-queery-quan." Huh?


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