Billboard #1 Hits: #207: ” Harper Valley P.T.A.- Jeannie C. Riley. September 21, 1968. #1 for 1 week.
- Single: “Harper Valley P.T.A.”- Jeannie C. Riley
- Record Company- Plantation Records
- Genre: Country
- Written by Tom T. Hall
- Time: 3:16
- B-side: “Yesterday All Day Long Today
- Album-Harper Valley P.T.A.
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 1 week. #1 on US Country singles chart. #12 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia and Canada.
When I was a little Hans- this song always reminded me of “Ode To Billie Joe” and I guess there was a reason. Singer Margie Singleton went to singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall and asked him to write a song an “Ode To Billie Joe” style song. Tom T. wrote it- and offered it to Skeeter Davis who rejected it-[bad career choice } Billie Jo Spears and Margie Singleton both recorded it but it was Jeannie C. Riley who had the life changing hit with it. “Harper Valley P.T.A’ went to #1 on both the pop and country charts- Riley was the first female artist to accomplish that- a decade later Dolly Parton did with “9 To 5.” Jeannie C. Riley would win a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Jeannie C. Riley had been working as a secretary for Passkey Music when Mercury records producer Shelby Singleton received a demo of Riley’s voice. He was starting a record label- Plantation Records- and he worked with Riley on this song which he thought had potential. Turns out he was correct. Jeannie C. Riley went on to have a number of country singles become hits- but this was her one and only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Pop chart.