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Classic Rewind: Jeannie C Riley – ‘Harper Valley PTA’

3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Jeannie C Riley – ‘Harper Valley PTA’

  1. J.R. Journey April 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This one is in my top 10-15 favorite-songs-of-all-time category, and on that shortlist, Tom T. Hall is the only songwriter to make more than one appearance. Self-redemption – in the form of exposing the sins of the hypocrites in our society – is a beautiful thing.

  2. Ken Johnson April 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Not too many live performances totally capture the spirit of an iconic studio recording but Jeannie sure nails it here. None of today’s lame female country singers could pull this off.

    By the way the final line of Tom T. Hall’s song was amended at the July 26, 1968 recording session. The original lyric was “….that’s the day my mama put down the Harper Valley P.T.A.” Thanks to the TV series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” the phrase “sock it to me” became a part of the hip vernacular of 1968. It inspired the new closing line that truly sealed the deal on this hit, “the day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.”

    Jeannie’s hit topped the country chart for three weeks and the Billboard hot 100 for just one. She might have had a longer stay atop the pop survey but was pushed aside by The Beatles meteoric hit “Hey Jude.” Coincidently that song was completed by John & Paul the same day as Jeannie’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.” recording session!

  3. Paul W Dennis April 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Jeannie C was a terrific performer who always sounded good on her TV appearences.

    Harold Morrison on the dobro was a vastly underappreciated artist. I haven’t seen many albums on which he appears – he had a solo effort called HOSS, HE’S THE BOSS on Decca and he has a song on a Wilburn Brothers album THE WILBURN BROTHERS SHOW, also on Decca. I’m sure there’s more but those are the only ones I’ve seen

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