Little Darlin’ Records

An independent Nashville label founded by Aubrey Mayhew and Johnny Paycheck in the wake of Paycheck’s success with a couple of Mayhew-produced singles for a label out of New York City.

Little Darlin’ went broke in less than five years but during that time they put out some of the best, most “hard core country” music of the late ’60s in Nashville. There are supposedly around 5,000 Little Darlin’ recordings, most of which have yet to see the light of day. What has been released and the stories surrounding that music can be heard in these episodes of the podcast.

Jeannie C. Riley

CR008 Harper Valley PTA, Part 2: Jeannie C. Riley

1200 630 Cocaine & Rhinestones

Jeannie C. Riley’s debut single sold over a million copies within ten days of being released but she never wanted to record the song. She’s often considered a one-hit wonder. We can easily disprove that.

In the late ’60s, Jeannie C. Riley became country music’s most blatant sex symbol to date but she never wanted to wear those clothes. Small town girl with big dreams goes to the city and lets it break her in order to make her. Total cliche, right?


Except Jeannie’s choice to bury the story in lie after lie turns it into a mystery tale of obscured identity, infidelity and blackmail. In this episode, some truth sees the light of day, maybe for the first time ever.

Recommended for fans of Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Russell, The Wilburn Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Little Darlin’ Records and mystery novels.

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