Kitty Wells, country music’s first female superstar, will be best remembered as the first female singer topping the country music charts with ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ in 1952. She was born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee. During the 1950s and ’60s she was one of the best-known country singers. In 1976 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the second female vocalist, following only Patsy Cline.
Kitty Wells married Johnnie Wright in 1937. They had three children, two daughters, and a son. She died Monday, July 16, 2012 from complications after a stroke. She was 92.
Bear Family Records has released a lavishly illustrated retrospective on her career, everything that the Queen of Country Music cut between 1949 and 1958, including such epochal hits ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’, ‘Release Me’, ‘Lonely Side Of Town’, ‘(I’ll Always Be Your) Fraulein’, ‘Makin’ Believe’, ‘Paying For The Back Street Affair’, and many others.
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