In 1968, after two hard years in Nashville, Jeannie C. Riley launched a single that would change the landscape of country music forever. Riley’s famous Harper Valley PTA was written by Tom. T. Hall and recorded as part of a demo set that caught the ear of a record producer.
This classic story-telling track immediately became a hit soaring to the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Country and Billboard Pop charts. This shocking triumph would not happen again until Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 was released over a decade later.