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YouTube Treasure: Ode To Bobbie Gentry


Country cultists will remember that Bobbie Gentry is the sultry Mississippi-born singer of story songs like “Ode To Billie Joe” and “Fancy,” a woman of great curves and fabulous notes, even when emitting glorified nonsense syllables. Well, here she is on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour performing the immortal non-hit “Niki Hoeky,” which is described as a “slinky cajun number” featuring a pastel-colored version of the bayou, populated with all types of shirtless chorus boys making their minxy moves around the diva. I never knew that the bayou in the ’60s was so similar to Hell’s Kitchen today!

PS: Special thanks to Toby Holiday, my friend at Pieces, for alerting me to this gobbledy-gem. As he told me about it, a drunken 650-pound girl flopped on the bar’s floor and sent tremors through the entire eastern seaboard, but even drenched and traumatized, I still remembered to go home and look up “Niki Hoeky.” And I’m glad I deed!

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