Jim Ford

Jim Ford had everything you need to become a cult hero of music fans. Barely any of his music was released at the time it was recorded because his erratic and unprofessional behavior nixed pretty much every business arrangement he ever made. But, by the time he settled on the southern soul people now know and love him for, what music did get released was of such phenomenal quality it had everyone who heard it wanting more. More music, more background, more story. His fans are devout, to say the least.

Learn more about Jim Ford, good and bad, in these episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

Bobbie Gentry

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In 1967, Bobbie Gentry’s recording of a song she wrote, called “Ode to Billie Joe,” directly influenced the future of every major musical genre in America. In the early ’80s, she disappeared.

What happened in the decade between?

Why did Bobbie Gentry vanish?

Who was she, even?

Since we can’t ask Bobbie for answers, these are mysteries we either have to learn to live with or try to solve for ourselves.

People you’ll hear about in this episode: Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Jim Stafford, Nick Lowe, Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Lauryn Hill, Snoop, A Tribe Called Quest, Jody Reynolds, Rick Hall, Lou Donaldson, Sheryl Crow, kd lang, Lucinda Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Barry White, Bobby Womack, Burt Bacharach and, believe it or not, more.

Also, you may not like what you hear if you’re a fan of Jim Ford.

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