Sunday, June 03, 2012

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day

"It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day"
19?? Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA, year unknown: Today is the day on which the [unnamed] parents of Billie Joe McAllister's mother made some insinuations about what their [also unnamed] daughter had been doing recently up on Choctaw Ridge, with Billy Joe McAllister, on the Tallahatchie Bridge. It's a mystery.

Ode to Billy JoeThe probably fictitious Billy Joe jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, too, on this day, an incident recalled in the 1967 international hit song, 'Ode to Billy Joe' by Bobbie Gentry, a singer from Tallahatchie County.

In 1976, the incident was made into a movie, of the same name as the song, starring Robby Benson and directed by Max Baer, Jr, best known as Jethro on the 1960s American TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies.
The year 1953 is given by some sources, but I've seen no evidence.


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