This song caused a bit of a stir when Bobbie Gentry released it in July 1967. What did Billie Joe and his girlfriend throw off the Tallahatchee Bridge, and why did Billie Joe commit suicide? Ms. Gentry won’t say about the former, telling a journalist to "suppose it was a wedding ring." She has said that why Billie Joe committed suicide isn’t important, that the song was about the indifference her family showed toward the death of someone all of them knew. The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, keeping The Supremes’ "Reflections" out of the #1 spot, and went to #7 on the Easy Listening chart, #8 on the R&B chart, and #17 on the Country chart. It also went to #1 in Canada and #17 in the UK.