- Harper Valley PTA
"Harper Valley PTA" is a
country musicsong written by Tom T. Hall. It was a major hit single for country songstress Jeannie C. Rileyin 1968, and crossed over to the pop charts as well, eventually selling over six million copies as a single, making Riley the first woman ever to top the U.S. pop and country singles charts with the same song. (Her accomplishment would not be repeated until 1981, when Dolly Partontopped the country and pop singles charts with "9 to 5".)
The song tells the story of a
junior highstudent who is sent home with a note to her widowed single mother from the Parent-Teacher Association(PTA) of the school decrying her scandalous behavior by small-town standards. The mother decides to speak to a meeting of the PTA where she addresses various episodes of misbehavior on the part of several of its members, concluding, "This is just a little "Peyton Place" / And you're all Harper Valley hypocrites."
In an interview, Hall admitted his inspiration for the song was passing by the Harpeth Valley Elementary School in
Bellevue, Tennessee, not far from his then-home in Franklin. He liked the sound of the name and decided to write a song using a similar place name.
The song was later the inspiration for a 1978 motion picture and a 1981 television series, both starring
Barbara Eden, playing the heroine of the song, Stella Johnson.
*Country Music singer
Margie Singletonis the original singer to record "Harper Valley PTA".
*Cover versions of the song appear on albums by virtually every female country singer of the period including
Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson, Norma Jean, Billie Jo Spearsand Dottie West. It has been performed by Lorrie Morganin concert and was also covered by Billy Ray Cyrus.
*"Harper Valley PTA" was translated into Norwegian and performed by Norwegian singer
Inger Lise Rypdal. The story of the song is the same although the setting is more Norwegian; the PTA is replaced by the Board for High Morale and is part of the church.
* Country singer
Martina McBridecovered it for the " Desperate Housewives" soundtrack.
Harper Valley PTA (TV series)"
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