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Hall which in became a major international Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. single for country singer Jeannie C. Riley's record sold over six million copies as a single. It was Riley's debut hit and only chart topper, making her the first woman to top both the Billboard Hot and the U. Hot Country Singles charts with the same song, a feat that would not be repeated until Dolly Parton 's " 9 to 5 " in Riley sings a story about Mrs. Johnson, a "Harper Valley widowed wife" whose teenage daughter, a student at the junior high school, comes home one day with a note for her mother signed by the PTA secretary, in which they scold her for "wearing your dresses way too high", for reports about her drinking and running around with multiple men, and that she shouldn't be raising her daughter that way.
Outraged, Mrs. Johnson decides to pay an unannounced visit to the PTA, who happened to be holding a meeting that afternoon. To the PTA's surprise, Mrs. Johnson, again wearing a miniskirt, walks in and addresses the meeting, exposing a long list of indiscretions on the part of some members and others in attendance:. Johnson then rebukes them for having the audacity to declare her an unfit mother, referring to the town as "a little Peyton Place " and labeling the PTA a bunch of hypocrites.
In the final stanza of the song, Riley states that the story is true, and in the final line identifies herself as the daughter of Mrs. Johnson, when she sings " The song makes two references to short hemlines "you're wearing your dresses way too high"; "wore her miniskirt into the room" in reference to the miniskirt and the minidresswhich had been gaining popularity in the four years since they were first introduced. The expression "This is just a little Peyton Place" is a reference to the Peyton Place television show based on the earlier novel and film of the same name where a small town hides scandal and moral hypocrisy behind a tranquil facade.
The show, then Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. the top 20 of Nielsen ratingswas in its fourth season when "Harper Valley P. The final line of the song ". According to producer Shelby Singletonthis line was changed at the last minute at the suggestion of his "wife at the time". Country singer Margie Singleton had asked Tom T. Hall to write her a song similar to Bobby Gentry 's Grammy-winning hit " Ode to Billie Joe ", which Gentry wrote and recorded inand which Singleton had covered that year.
After driving past a school called Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Bellevue, Tennesseenot far from his then-home in FranklinHall noted the name, altering it to "Harper Valley" when he wrote the song.
Hall reportedly first offered the song to Skeeter Daviswho declined. Plantation Recordsthe label on which Riley recorded the song, rush-released the single when they learned that both Billie Jo Spears and Margie Singleton had just recorded the song as well. Riley's version was an immediate smash; Capitol Records did release Spears' version the same week, but Auf Der Suche - Tom Pettings Hertzattacken - Parties Nach Zwölf failed to chart.
Riley, who was working as a secretary in Nashville for Jerry Chesnutgot to hear the song and recorded it herself and it became a massive hit for her. The melody is essentially the same as that of the Gentry song, but Gentry seemingly was never informed or given any credit by Hall.
Her recording was Frankie - Various - Best Of Lounge Paris nominated for "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" in the pop field.
The song later inspired a motion picture and a Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. television seriesboth starring Barbara Eden playing the heroine of the story, Mrs. Johnson, who now had a first name, Stella. In the s, Riley became a born-again Christianand Jeannie C.
Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. she briefly distanced herself from the song when she began singing gospel musicshe never excluded it from her concerts, and it was always her most requested and popular number. She titled her autobiography From Harper Valley to the Mountain Topand released a gospel album in with the same title. Hall, but failed to chart. In the sequel, Riley sings as Mrs. Johnson herself instead of her daughter, who now has two children of her own.
After buying a ticket to the high school dance along with a chance to win a Stray Cats albumMrs. Johnson decides to attend, only this time she wears a full-length dress. She remarks how some people in Harper Valley changed for the better:. At the dance, Mrs. Johnson notices the band's drummer using cocaine and an adult man selling marijuana in the parking lot, but then when she sees the students' uninhibited behavior she initially becomes so disgusted she storms home to get a gun, but once there she decides to pray for them instead.
Now looking back with regret on her own Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. youth, Mrs. Johnson decides to attend the next PTA meeting the following afternoon and voice her concerns. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. Weekly charts [ edit ] Jeannie C. Billboard Hot Country Singles  1 U.
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