My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy

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My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released September 8, 1969
Recorded September 9, 1968–June 2, 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)
(1969)In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)1969
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
The Fairest of Them All
(1970)The Fairest of Them All1970
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link

My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy is the fourth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released in September 1969 on RCA Victor.

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.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."In the Ghetto"Mac DavisJune 2, 19692:50
2."Games People Play"Joe SouthJune 2, 19692:26
3."'Til Death Do Us Part" May 14, 19693:09
4."Big Wind"Wayne P. Walker, Alex Zanetis, George McCormickJune 2, 19692:18
5."Evening Shade" May 21, 19693:22
6."I'm Fed Up with You"Bill OwensJune 2, 19692:00
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
7."My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy" May 20, 19693:32
8."Daddy" September 9, 19682:50
9."We Had All the Good Things Going"Merv Shiner, Jerry MondayMay 14, 19692:45
10."The Monkey's Tale"Leona RossMay 14, 19691:51
11."Gypsy, Joe and Me" May 21, 19693:13
12."Home for Pete's Sake"Rudy PrestonMay 14, 19691:59


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


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