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Margie Singleton – Ode to Billie Joe

Margie Singleton's version of Bobbie Gentrie's Ode to Billie Joe. This song got a lot of play on country music stations in the late 1960s but has all been forgotten in the past 50 years. The oldies stations still play Bobbie Gentry's version but I doubt many country stations still play Margie Singleton.

The irony of the song is that the Tallahatchie Bridge is not a good one to commit suicide on. It's only about 20 feet above the river that is fairly deep and muddy, and plenty of people have jumped off it and walked away without a scratch. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2705/4539269463_edfbbb8d6c_b.jpg

Bobbie Gentry intended for the song to be more ironic then about suicide. Bobbie Gentry's goal with the song called out the callousness of society as the Vietnam War was escalating, with the family noting the suicide in with more mundane business of life.

The Strange Story Of ‘Convoy’: How A Trucker’s Protest Anthem Became A ’70s Hit

"Even though "Convoy" is sung by a fictional character and its story is fantastic, Fries' use of trucker lingo resonated throughout popular culture — by the end of the 1970s, millions of Americans had used a CB radio. Sure, "Convoy" is a novelty song, but it topped the pop and country charts and became a phenomenon, inspiring movies and TV shows. It's also an improbable protest song — an asphalt fable of workers pushing back at a system that always seems to lean on them the hardest."