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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Here's Jeannie C.

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Here's To The Cowboys

3. Free

4. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

5. Tennes See Me

6. Just Comin' Down With Love

7. Words

8. Hang Up Your Rhinestone Suit

9. Silver Eagle Breakdown

10. Somebody Told The Blues

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Track List: Praise Him

1. Stepping Stone To Glory

2. He Believes In Me

3. Amazing Grace

4. Roses And Thorns

5. Wings To Fly

6. Tell It Again

7. You Don't Have To Walk On Water For Me

8. I Have

9. I See That Lonely Cross

10. Can't Cage The Dove

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Track List: More Plantation Sessions

1. Before The Next Teardrop Falls

2. Deception

3. Farther Along

4. I Can't Put My Arms Around A Memory

5. I'll Take What's Left Of You

6. In A Moment Of Weakness

7. The Lions Club

8. Macon Georgia Bad Girl

9. Most People Get Married

10. Pages Of My Mind

11. Sylvester And Hanna

12. The Street Singer

13. We're Pioneers

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Track List: 29 Greatest Hits

1. Amazing Grace

2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

3. Can't Cage The Dove

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Track List: Greatest Hits Volume 1 And 2

1. Harper Valley P.T.A.

2. Things Go Better With Love

3. The Rib

4. Duty Not Desire

5. My Man

6. There Never Was A Time

7. The Back Side Of Dallas

8. Country Girl

9. The Girl Most Likely

10. The Generation Gap

11. Oh Singer

12. Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up

13. If You Could Read My Mind

14. Children

15. Good Enough To Be Your Wife

16. Help Me Make It Through The Night

17. I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then

18. Roses And Thorns

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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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Track List: Twenty Golden Hits

1. Harper Valley P.T.A.

2. There Never Was A Time

3. Oh Singer

4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls

5. I Almost Called Your Name

6. That's A No No

7. Okie From Muskogee

8. Your Old Love Letters

9. Country Girl

10. Help Me Make It Through The Night

11. Things Go Better With Love

12. Am I That Easy To Forget

13. The Girl Most Likely

14. If You Could Read My Mind

15. Roses And Thorns

16. The Rib

17. Good Enough To Be Your Wife

18. The Lions Club

19. Most People Get Married

20. The Wedding Cake

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Track List: From Nashville With Love

1. We're Pioneers

2. The Street Singer

3. Most People Get Married

4. Macon Georgia Bad Girl

5. To The Other Woman

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Track List: Country Queens

1. Deception

2. Before The Next Teardrop Falls

3. Pages Of My Mind

4. I Can't Put My Arms Around A Memory

5. In A Moment Of Weakness

6. Ex Mrs. Jones

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

8. Till The Morning Comes

9. I Can Help

10. I Can't Cry Enough To Stop My Loving You

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Track List: Jeannie

1. Oh Singer

2. I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then

3. Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up

4. Light Your Light (And Let It Shine)

5. If You Could Read My Mind

6. Children

7. Good Enough To Be Your Wife

8. One Toke Over The Line

9. Help Me Make It Through The Night

10. Help Me Make It Through The Night

11. Roses And Thorns

12. The Tree Of Joy

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Track List: The Generation Gap

1. The Generation Gap

2. Fine Feathered Friend

3. "Words, Names, Faces"

4. My Man

5. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

6. Duty Not Desire

7. Games People Play

8. Darkness Falls

9. Holdin' On

10. Okie From Muskogee

11. To The Other Woman

12. Farther Along

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Track List: Country Girl

1. Country Girl

2. A Change Of Heart

3. Am I That Easy To Forget

4. That's A No No

5. We Were Raised On Love

6. I Almost Called Your Name

7. Darling Days

8. Wish You Were Here

9. Your Old Love Letters

10. I Love Him

11. Wherever You Are

12. I'll Take What's Left Of You

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Track List: Yearbooks And Yesterdays

1. Yearbooks And Yesterdays

2. What Was Her Name

3. Edna Burgoo

4. My Scrapbook

5. The Part Of Honey

6. What Ever Happened To Charlie Brown

7. The Girl Most Likely

8. Back To School

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

10. Teardrops On Page Fourty-Three

11. Box Of Memories

12. A Taste Of Tears

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Track List: Things Go Better With Love

1. The Rib

2. Sunday After Church

3. The Artist

4. I'm Only A Woman

5. A Real Woman

6. There Never Was A Time

7. Things Go Better With Love

8. I'm The Woman

9. The Wedding Cake

10. Thin Ribbon Of Smoke

11. Our Minnie

12. The Back Side Of Dallas

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Track List: Harper Valley P.T.A.

1. Harper Valley P.T.A.

2. Widow Jones

3. No Brass Band

4. Mr. Harper

5. Run Jeannie Run

6. Shed Me No Tears

7. The Cotton Patch

8. Sippin' Shirley Thompson

9. The Little Town Square

10. The Ballad Of Louise

11. Satan Place

12. Your Old Love Letters

Comments

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Love this country music

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tammy9146
Pandora should show the right lyrics.
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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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taustin88
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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