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Jeannie C. Riley

Best known for her international crossover hit "Harper Valley P.T.A.," Jeannie C. Riley was born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson in Anson, TX, where she developed a love of country music as a girl. When she was a teenager, she made her first public performance, appearing on her uncle's jamboree show. Soon after high-school graduation, she married Mickey Riley; she wanted to become a professional musician, so she and her new husband moved to Nashville, where she performed secretarial work at Passkey Music. She also made a few demos as Jean Riley that led to the single "What About Them," which wasn't successful. Then, in 1967, her manager Paul Perry hooked Riley up with producer Shelby Singleton, with whom she recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A." The song became an instant hit, reaching number one on both the pop and country charts. Later in 1968, Riley debuted on The Grand Ole Opry and released "The Girl Most Likely," which reached number six on the country charts. During the early '70s, she had a string of minor hits and five other Top Ten singles, including "Country Girl," "Oh, Singer," and "Good Enough to Be Your Wife." Around 1974, Riley became a born-again Christian and formed a new band, Red River Symphony, which had a minor hit in 1976, "The Best I've Ever Had." Following its release, Riley founded and began recording on the God's Country label. In 1981, she recorded the gospel album From Harper Valley to the Mountain Top. Throughout the '80s and '90s, she continued to be a popular contemporary Christian recording and performing artist. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Track List: The Very Best Of Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A.

1. Harper Valley P.T.A.

2. Before The Next Teardrop Falls

3. The Wedding Cake

4. Duty Not Desire

5. Good Enough To Be Your Wife

6. A Real Woman

7. The Girl Most Likely

8. Help Me Make It Through The Night

9. Roses And Thorns

10. The Back Side Of Dallas

12. Things Go Better With Love

13. My Man

15. Teardrops On Page Forty-Three

16. Country Girl

17. That's How It Is With Him And Me

18. I Love Him

19. The Generation Gap

20. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

21. The Rib

22. I'm Only A Woman

23. There Never Was A Time

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ritalane468
I always loved this song. My best friend in VA. Beach, VA. always mellowing me about my small town that I'm from she says it sounds like a HARPER VALLEY PTA. HA HA
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Happiest girl sure brings back memories!!
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nowitsmine9
Mrs. Johnson for PTA President write in campaign.
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Yeah that funny??
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lol pandora put the wrong lyrics for harper valley pta
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This is classic! Stick it to 'em! I love this song!
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Yayayyyayaya y
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mike3345mike
takes us back to TEXAS...and great days in EL PASO,....
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Love all these old county music artist
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Harper Valley P.T.A. my favorite! Great artist!
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Love this music
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I love all of these country old songs!!! and I am a little girl.
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i remember my mom singing all these songs as she washed dishes,lots of memorys here..i lost her in 1974,but theses songs bring back so many special times.......
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Awesome song!
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My name is Miranda I'm only 15 my mom always gets so serious singing this song in the kitchen hahaha. But then again she can relate to this song as a girl. Her school treated my grandma like this mom hahaha.
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as i grew up ihad crush on her her voice was is wonder ful will love her ror ever
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Harper valley hipacrits
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I love this song my sang it when I was itte
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donnawells28
my childhood song acted it out and would sing it to my family
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AHaaa
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JUS LIKE THE GOOD DAYS SAD SONG MADE YOU FEEL HAPPY
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dbrown176
Love to listen to Jeanie C Riley, The album Yearbooks and Yesterdays is my favorite
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Wish she could have sung with Gram Parsons, on the Streets of Baltimore.
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If you kind find them, check out the gut-bucket union hall courty JCR. The Best!!! Don't sound a bit like "Things Go Better with Love". Balls to the wall. An Awesome American Artist.
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i love thoes artist their are all my heroes i like to hear morw song from them they ar awsom

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