My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy

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My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released September 29, 1969
Recorded May–July 1969, RCA Studio "B", Nashville
Genre Country
Length 32:25
Label RCA Records
Producer Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
The Fairest of Them All
Singles from My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
  1. "Daddy" / "He's a Go-Getter"
    Released: March 1969
  2. "In the Ghetto" / "The Bridge"
    Released: June 1969
  3. "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy" / "'Til Death Do Us Part"
    Released: August 1969
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My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy is Dolly Parton's fourth solo studio album originally released in September 1969.

Album information[edit]

The album contains some of Parton's most morose compositions. The title song tells the story of a small town girl whose aspirations take her to New Orleans, where she winds up a prostitute, dreaming of the boy she'd left behind. "Gypsy, Joe and Me" details the story of a woman, her love and their small dog, who all eventually perish. And "Evening Shade" tells the story of an orphanage run by an evil headmistress, "Mrs. Bailey". The orphans eventually burn the home down, with "Mrs. Bailey" sleeping inside. Another Parton song, "Daddy," tells the story of a daughter pleading with her father to reconsider leaving her mother for a woman much younger.

Also included are Parton's covers of the Mac Davis-penned Elvis Presley hit "In the Ghetto" and Joe South's "Games People Play". She also covered current country hits by Porter Wagoner ("Big Wind") and Jan Howard ("We Had All the Good Things Going").

Parton would later rerecord the title song for inclusion in her Heartbreak Express album in 1982.

In a CMT interview with Patty Loveless, Parton confirmed that the man in the corner of the album cover is her reclusive longtime husband, Carl Dean.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton, except where noted[1].

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Ghetto" Mac Davis 2:50
2. "Games People Play" Joe South 2:26
3. "'Til Death Do Us Part"   3:09
4. "Big Wind" Wayne P. Walker, Alex Zanetis, George McCormick 2:18
5. "Evening Shade"   3:22
6. "I'm Fed Up with You" Bill Owens 2:00
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy"   3:32
2. "Daddy"   2:50
3. "We Had All the Good Things Going" Marvin Shiner, Jerry Monday 2:45
4. "The Monkey's Tale" Leona Ross 1:51
5. "Gypsy, Joe and Me"   3:13
6. "Home for Pete's Sake" Rudy Preston 1:59

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
The Billboard 200 (U.S.) 194
U.S. Top Country Albums 6


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