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American Bobbie GENTRY

born Roberta Lee STREETER

American singer-songwriter

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 27, 1944 in Near Woodland, Mississippi, United States  (74 years)


Gentry was born on July 27, 1944, near Woodland in Chickasaw County, Mississippi to Ruby (née Bullington) and Robert Streeter. Her step-brother is also known as Robert Streeter. Her parents divorced shortly after her birth, and her mother moved to California. She was raised on her grandparents' farm in Chickasaw County. Her grandmother traded one of the family's milk cows for a neighbor's piano, and seven-year-old Bobbie composed her first song, "My Dog Sergeant Is a Good Dog". She attended school in Greenwood, Mississippi, and began teaching herself to play the guitar, bass, banjo, and the vibraphone.

She moved to Arcadia, California, at age 13 to live with her mother. Gentry graduated from Palm Valley School in 1960. She chose her stage name from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry, about a heroine born into poverty but determined to make a success of her life. She began performing at local country clubs, and encouraged by Bob Hope, she performed in a revue at Les Folies Bergeres nightclub of Las Vegas.

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