Her statement song also made history atop Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100.
On Sept. 28, 1968, Jeannie C. Riley, then 22, topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Harper Valley P.T.A.," a week after it had led the Billboard Hot 100. The female empowerment anthem was the first song by a woman to rule both surveys, and none would again until Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in 1981.
Written by Tom T. Hall, "Valley" tells the story of the widow Johnson and her teenage daughter, who attends Harper Valley Jr. High. Not pleased with Mrs. Johnson's mini-skirts, the P.T.A. sends the daughter home with a note, addressing its disapproval. The result? The spunky widow, rocking a dress "way too high," struts into a PTA meeting and lets the "Harper Valley hypocrites" have it, reeling off a list of their indiscretions.