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August 3, 2020

"Ode to Billie Joe"

I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this fantastic song.

I was in a car driving on Gayley Avenue on the edge of the UCLA campus in 1967.

As it started a great friend, with tremendous musical skill (piano), said to me, "Stirt, you're not gonna believe this song."

That was no humbug.

The version up top is the one I heard on the crummy AM car radio.

Full disclosure: I've been called "Stirt" since college and everywhere I've worked.

August 3, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


book o' stirt ??


Posted by: Luke | Aug 4, 2020 8:19:29 AM

It is a great song. Nobody could've done it better; she had the PERFECT voice and style for it.

When I was in high school, a great friend (from his birth; I was 3 years older) and I used to make up various lyrics for "Ode to Billie Joe" that we thought were wildly hysterical, and we'd use our microphones - hugely tall salt & pepper grinders - to sing into and crack each other up far beyond any actual comedic merit of our parodying abilities. He died, on my birthday, in 2016, but every time I hear the song I see us sharp and clear, laughing into those stupid salt & pepper shakers. Haunting, like the song.

So the girls called you "Stirt" too, eh?

Posted by: Flautist | Aug 3, 2020 12:54:27 PM

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