He died of esophageal cancer  in Septemberwhen Armstrong was He has five older siblings: David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna.
This song tells Billie jo story of the fictional Billie Joe McAllister, who kills himself by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The Tallahatchie Bridge, which spans the Tallahatchie River, collapsed inbut was later rebuilt. In this song, a family finds out about the death of Billie Joe and shares gossip about him at the dinner table along with their other mundane concerns.
The song is a study in unconscious cruelty. It quickly became clear that there were many folks who lacked empathy for suffering that didn't directly affect them, and these people now had many forums to share their opinions.
Gentry was familiar with the Tallahatchie Bridge since she was born and raised in Mississippi, where she grew up in a home without electricity.
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When Record Mirror asked Gentry in what was thrown from the bridge at the end of this song, she replied: But I've hoped to get across the basic indifference, the casualness, of people in moments of tragedy. Something terrible has happened, but it's 'pass the black-eyed peas', or 'y'all remember to wipe your feet.
Gentry was not in the film, but re-recorded "Ode To Billie Joe" for the soundtrack. This turned out to be some of Gentry's last work high-profile work, as she disappeared from the public eye soon after.
The re-released version of the song charted at 54, and the main title from the film - also composed by Gentry, made Along with the mystery man in " You're So Vain ," what Billie Joe throws off the bridge before he jumps is one of the great questions in pop music.
Many people speculated that it was a baby, which led to his suicide.
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