Jeannie C. Riley

Jeannie C. Riley

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Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA" (written by Tom T. Hall). She became the first woman to have a single become a Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time. In subsequent years, she had moderate chart success with country music, but never again duplicated the success of "Harper Valley PTA". She became a born-again Christian and began recording gospel music during the late 1970s.

Early life and rise to fame

Jeannie C. Riley is best-known for her 1968 hit, "Harper Valley PTA." The song made her the first female singer to have a song go to No. 1 on both the country music and pop music charts simultaneously.Tarradell, Mario. . Dallas Morning News, January 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-09. The record quickly became one of the most well-known country music songs of all time. Written by Tom T. Hall, the song was released by Plantation Records.

Riley was born in 1945 in Anson, Texas. As a teenager, she married Mickey Riley and gave birth to a daughter, Kim Michelle Riley on January 11, 1966. Later, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee after receiving a letter from Weldon Myrick, who heard a demo tape of Jeannie's and believed she could be...
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