Whatever Happened To Jeannie C. Riley?
‘I want to tell you all a story ’bout a Harper Valley widowed wife…’
The year was 1968 and all of us were introduced to that widow, the one who wore the mini-skirts. And I mean all of us were.
If you loved country music, you heard this song a lot because it was a #1 country best seller.
If you were more of a pop and rock music fan, well…you heard this song a lot because it was a #1 pop/rock best seller, too.
In fact, only a single week separated the song from being #1 on both charts at the same time.
The song was, of course, ‘Harper Valley PTA’ by Jeannie C. Riley. But did you know that the song was written by a Country Music Hall of Famer? Well, with a story like this song has, of course it had to be written by ‘The Story Teller’, Tom T. Hall.
The song won her a Grammy Award as well as the Country Music Association Single Of The Year.
And just how well did that single sell? Over five and a half million copies!
So what about after ‘Harper Valley PTA’?
Well, Jeannie had some success, charting a number of songs, but nothing approaching the phenomenal success of her signature song.
Jeannie became a Born Again Christian in the 1970′s and began recording Gospel music.
At the age of 68 Jeannie says she’s never been so happy and trust’s the Lord with everything.