Norma Jean Riley

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"Norma Jean Riley"
Norma Jean Riley.jpg
Single by Diamond Rio
from the album Diamond Rio
B-side "Pick Me Up"
Released March 23, 1992
Format CD Single, 7" single
Recorded 1991
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label Arista Nashville 12407
Writer(s) Rob Honey
Monty Powell
Dan Truman[1]
Producer(s) Tim DuBois
Monty Powell
Diamond Rio singles chronology
"Mama Don't Forget to Pray for Me"
"Norma Jean Riley"
"Nowhere Bound"

"Norma Jean Riley" is a song written by Rob Honey, Monty Powell and Dan Truman, and recorded by American country music group Diamond Rio. It was released in March 1992 as the fourth single from their self-titled album. Unlike the four other singles released from the album, a music video was not made for this song.


"Norma Jean Riley" is a very upbeat, bluegrass influenced song where the narrator is pining for Norma Jean Riley's affections. In each verse, he comes up with different ways to get her attention. By the time the song is over, he is planning to propose to her.

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number 2 on The Billboard Hot Country Songs chart[2] and number 3 on Canada's RPM country chart.

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 40
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 34


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 105. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2013." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 4, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Diamond Rio – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Diamond Rio.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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