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

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

  1. luckyoldsun March 2, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Did Tom T. pen this one, too?
    Jeannie still sings it great, even if the song’s pretty weird.

  2. Occasional Hope March 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I believe so.

  3. Ken March 4, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Though some internet sites indicate that Jeannie wrote new lyrics to Tom T.’s original melody the record label for the Sapphire Records single lists Tom T. Hall as the sole writer.

    This song was VERY disappointing to me. Some story songs are prime for a sequel but not this one. The original was a snapshot in time that captured the hypocrisy of late 1960’s suburban America. Jeannie’s sassy vocal gave a perfect interpretation to the lyrics accented by Jerry Kennedy’s distinctive dobro guitar work. This re-tread is contrived and unnecessary and makes me wonder why it was attempted other than to squeeze a few more bucks from the copyright. Surprised that Tom T. Hall even wanted to go there. Why mess with such a classic?

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