Jeannie C. Riley became the first female country artist to top both the Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot Country Singles charts with the same song, her 1968 release “Harper Valley PTA.” Her record remained unbroken until Dolly Parton released her hit single “9 to 5” in 1983.
Today, Riley’s sassy hit has sold over 6 million copies. That’s impressive, considering the fact that it was her debut single. But over the years, Riley has never been able to match its success.
Although Riley has charted many more singles throughout her career, “Harper Valley PTA” is her only number one hit. She eventually turned to recording gospel music, and still performs today.