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BBC Sessions Vol 3 1970-1972 [albumsthatshouldexist, 1CD]

Unknown dates and venues. Very good soundboard. Public domain.

Here’s the third and last of my three albums of Bobbie Gentry playing for the BBC.

Like the others in this series, many of the songs are officially released and are actual BBC performances, but I’ve fleshed things out with an unreleased BBC performance, plus some songs she did for various TV shows. Also like the others, there’s a number of songs here that she never put on record in any form, including “I Want You Back” (by the Jackson 5), “Fire and Rain” (by James Taylor), a medley of “Mother Nature’s Son” and “Blackbird” (by the Beatles), “Mr. Bojangles” (by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and a medley that included the hits “Proud Mary,” “Polk Salad Annie,” and “Never Ending Song of Love.” On top of that, there are some songs that were only released on her official BBC album as well as her “The Girl from Chickasaw County” box set, such as “Wailing of the Willow” and “Circle ‘Round the Sun.”

I’m not exactly sure why, but Gentry’s recording career petered out around 1971, with her last album being released that year. So it’s not that surprising that her TV and radio appearances petered out as well. She did continue to perform concerts in a few places like Las Vegas after that, but only released a handful of songs. So this is where this series naturally ends. The last majority of the songs here are from her active years up to 1971, with only the last song dating from 1972.

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Track 01. Sunday Morning [with Glen Campbell] 2:07
Track 02. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody 2:04
Track 03. Benjamin 2:43
Track 04. I Want You Back 1:45
Track 05. Fire and Rain [with Andy Williams] 1:40
Track 06. Open Your Window 2:01
Track 07. Mother Nature’s Son/Blackbird 3:33
Track 08. Mr. Bojangles 3:29
Track 09. Your Number One Fan 5:16
Track 10. Montego Bay [Edit] 2:35
Track 11. He Made a Woman Out of Me 2:36
Track 12. Billy the Kid 2:08
Track 13. Wailing of the Willow 2:16
Track 14. Belinda 3:45
Track 15. Circle ‘Round the Sun 3:39
Track 16. Niki Hoeky/Proud Mary/Polk Salad Annie/Never Ending Song of Love [with Bobby Darin] 3:42
46 mins

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  1. 4 Responses to “BOBBIE GENTRY - BBC SESSIONS VOL 3 1970 - 1972”


    Yawls can satisfy yer curiosity bout Bobbie heah.

    By Billy Joe on May 12, 2023

  3. These are NOT BBC recordings. These are trashy quality TV show appearances.

    By Yummy on May 12, 2023

  4. You can read can’t you, Yummy?

    By Yummy Mummy on May 13, 2023

  5. I wish she farted in my face just once.

    By Derrick on May 18, 2023

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