Alex Harvey and Larry Collins composed "Delta Dawn" and the first recording came in 1971 by Alex himself.

Under the guidance of Nashville's Billy Sherrill, 13 year old Tanya Tucker took her first hit to the top ten on the country charts in 1972.

From the album "Long Hard Climb" Helen Reddy made this a chart topper in the pop field in 1973. It became her first number one hit in her native Australia.