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Encyclopedia > Kitty Wells
Kitty Wells
Birth name Ellen Muriel Deason
Also known as The Queen of Country Music
Born August 30, 1919 (1919-08-30) (age 88)
Origin Flag of the United States Flag of Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genre(s) Country, Honky Tonk,
Nashville Sound
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1952 – Present
Label(s) RCA (1949 - 1950)
Decca/MCA (1952 - 1973)
Capricorn (1974 - 1975)
Rubocca (1979 - 1982)
Associated
acts
Johnny & Jack, Johnnie Wright, Hank Thompson, Red Foley, Webb Pierce, Jean Shepard, Goldie Hill, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, k.d. Lang
Website Kitty Wells Official Site

Kitty Wells (born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30, 1919) is an American Country Music Singer. Her 1952 hit recording "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" made her the first female Country singer to top the U.S. Country charts, and turned her into the very first female Country star. Her Top 10 hits continued up until the mid-60s, inspiring a long list of future female Country singers to come to fame in the 1960s. is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nashville redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... The Nashville Sound (often known as Countrypolitan) arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of the Honky Tonk sound which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Capricorn Records is an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia. ... Singer/songwriter Johnnie Wright (born Johnnie Robert Wright, Jr. ... Hank Thompson (born September 3, 1925) is a country music entertainer whose career has spanned six decades and who has sold over 60 million records worldwide. ... Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ... Webb Pierce (born August 8, 1921 - February 24, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... Jean Shepard (born November 21, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma) or Ollie Imogene Shepard was one of the first female vocalists in the country music field to become a major star in the early 1950s. ... Goldie Hill (b. ... Patsy Cline (b. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels was a 1952 hit for country singer Kitty Wells. ...


Kitty Wells was the woman who established the wealth of the female Country music singer, thanks to 1952's "Honky Tonk Angels". She continued to chart throughout the 1960s.[citation needed]


Kitty Wells' success in the 1950s and 1960s was so enormous that she still ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of the Billboard country charts according to historian Joel Whitburn's book "The Top 40 Country Hits", behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. Wells was the third country music artist, behind Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 as well as being the seventh woman and first Caucasian woman to receive the honor. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wells' accomplishments earned her the moniker " The Queen of Country Music", and though she hasn't had a hit in decades, and is more or less retired, the title has been given to Reda McEntire. Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is a Grammy award winning American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958) is an American country music singer, who had her first hit, Delta Dawn at the age of 13 in 1972. ... Roy Acuff on the cover of The Great Roy Acuff (1964) Roy Claxton Acuff (15 September 1903 – 23 November 1992) was an American country musician. ... For other persons named Hank Williams, see Hank Williams (disambiguation). ... The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and... For the peoples actually from the Caucasus, see Peoples of the Caucasus. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ...

Contents

Early Life & Rise to Success

Wells was born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, Tennessee in 1919, long before Nashville earned its reputation as "Music City U.S.A.". She was also one of the few Country singers born in Nashville. Music was a very important part of her family's life, and at age 14, she took up playing the guitar. In her teens, Wells debuted on WSIX, a Nashville-area radio station. There at the radio staion, Wells met singer Johnnie Wright, who would later gain fame as half of the duo of the Country group Johnnie and Jack. The two eventually married while Kitty was eighteen years old in 1937. Nashville redirects here. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... WSIX-FM is an FM radio station broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee on a frequency of 97. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... Singer/songwriter Johnnie Wright (born Johnnie Robert Wright, Jr. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


She sang with Johnnie and his sister Louise Wright and the three of them toured on the road as Johnnie Right & the Harmony Girls. Soon Johnnie Wright met Jack Anglin and the two later formed the duo they became best known for called Johnnie and Jack. With the addition of Jack Anglin, the band became known as the Tennessee Hillbillies and then became the Tennessee Mountain Boys. Soon Jack Anglin and Johnnie's sister Louise married. In 1942 Anglin was drafted to fight in World War II and the band was temporarily split up. While Anglin was away, they toured and Kitty took on a stage name that she would be known as for the rest of her life. Wells took the stage name from the old Folk tune "My Sweet Kitty Wells". Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Folk song redirects here. ...


When Jack Anglin returned from the Second World War they reformed the band. Kitty was a now a mother of two and rarely performed with the new duo group entitled Johnnie and Jack. Now Kitty was more concerned in raising her two children, as well as being a housewife. A stereotypical housewife A homemaker is a person whose prime occupation is to care for their family and home. ...


The duo Johnnie and Jack moved their way up onto performing regular appearances on the newly-made Louisiana Hayride. With the help of the duo, Wells started performing on the program as well and the duo Johnnie and Jack began recording music for a couple of small record labels. Although Wells did perform on Louisiana Hayride she didn't start recording on records until Johnnie and Jack were signed to RCA Records in 1949. At the duo's first session, Wells accompanied them on their recording sessions and also cut four sides of her own. Her records released at the time didn't get much notice, being that record producers said the "women don't sell records". The label kept Johnnie and Jack but dropped Kitty from RCA. Johnnie and Jack would later have their own string of successful hits during the 1950s in Country Music. RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


The Success of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"

Wells' husband sent a demo tape to Paul Cohen of Decca Records, the same producer who would later work with Patsy Cline in her early recording sessions. At this point Wells was just about ready to retire from the music business and focus more on raising her family. However, Wells was given the song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", written by J.D. Miller. The song was shopped around but it was turned down by almost everybody. It was an answer song to Hank Thompson's #1 hit at the time, "The Wild Side of Life". Wells was not happy about recording the song but Cohen liked it and insisted that Wells record a version for the Decca label. In May of 1952, Wells cut her version of the song. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Patsy Cline (b. ... It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels was a 1952 hit for country singer Kitty Wells. ... Hank Thompson (born September 3, 1925) is a country music entertainer whose career has spanned six decades and who has sold over 60 million records worldwide. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see May (disambiguation). ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" went immediately to No. 1 on the Country Music charts in 1952 (making Wells the first woman to top the country charts). The song spent six weeks at No. 1 on the chart. Only one other Country singer has come close to spending this many weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Country charts, which was Carrie Underwood, with the success of the song, "Jesus, Take the Wheel". "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was one of the most controversial songs ever recorded at the time. It was almost unheard of a woman to record a song from a feminist stance. The song was soon banned from being performed on the Grand Ole Opry. However the song was turned into a million-seller overnight. Although Wells' tune was banned from the Opry in 1952, she was able to join the Opry anyway and that same year, she became a member. It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels was a 1952 hit for country singer Kitty Wells. ... Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... Jesus, Take the Wheel is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. ... Feminists redirects here. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was such a hit it placed in the Top 30 on Billboard's pop chart in 1953 although this high position is likely due to major record sales than true crossover action on pop stations. In 1958, Wells scored another pop-charting record with "Jealousy". However, the record did not chart the Top 30, only reaching No. 78. Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Wells then released a follow-up to her big hit with the Top 10, "Paying for That Back Street Affair" (1953, answer song to Webb Pierce's "Back Street Affair"), which hit No. 6 in 1953. Another song recorded as a follow-up to this hit was the Red Foley and Kitty Wells duet hit "One By One", which stayed on the charts for nearly a year. "One By One" set the stage a for series of hit duets between Foley and Wells in the next decade. This is an incomplete list. ... Webb Pierce (born August 8, 1921 - February 24, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ...


The Height of Her Career In the 50s & 60s

String of Honky Tonk Ballad Hits in the 1950s

Kitty Wells proved to be far more than a one-hit wonder, continuing to have a string of Country hits through the 1950s and '60s.


In 1953, she recorded a series of hits, which hit the Top 10, including, "Paying for That Back Street Affair", and the duet hit with Red Foley titled, "One by One". Today, the song remains as one of Country music's biggest and greatest duet hits of all time. Wells' and Foley's duet pairing in Country music marked the true beginning of the future successful duet acts to come, like the pairing of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and Kenny Rogers and Dottie West. In 1955, their song, "As Long As I Love" hit the Top 10 at No. 7, and occasionally they continued to record together. Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ... Conway Twitty (September 1, 1933 - June 5, 1993), born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was one of the United States most successful country music artists of the 20th century. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ...

Kitty Wells' 1956 LP album, Country Hit Parade. She was the first female Country singer to release an LP of her own.
Kitty Wells' 1956 LP album, Country Hit Parade. She was the first female Country singer to release an LP of her own.

In the mid-50s, Wells' was virtually at the very height of her career, with every single released around this time in the Country Top 10. A number of these songs have become Honky Tonk standards over the years, starting in 1955 with Top 10s and Top 5 hits, like "Makin' Believe" (1955; which hit No. 2, just missing the top spot), "There's Poison in Your Heart" (1955), "The Lonely Side of Town" (1956), "Searchin' (For Someone Like You)" (1956), and "Repenting" (1956). "The Lonely Side of Town", "Makin' Believe", and "Searching (For Someone Like You)" were her biggest hits from the mid '50s. Many of her songs, starting with "Honky Tonk Angels" were considered risky to record and very controversial at the time. Many people would've thought this would give Wells the wrong reputaion, however, the combination of her steady, old-fashioned demeanor, and her role as a good mother and wife in her family, overcame all of these objections. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Her songs continued to maintain the success Wells always dreamed of having and also maintained that controversial and risky material. Wells continued to put much of this in much of her songs throughout her career, inspiring other female Country singers to record risky material as well. Loretta Lynn was one of her followers in this sense, when she recorded "Don't Come a Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" in 1967, and Dolly Parton's 1968 recording "Just Because I'm a Woman", like "Honky Tonk Angels", questioned the male-female double-standard. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Just Because Im a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton is a 2003 tribute album to Dolly Parton. ...


Before Wells' success, record companies were reluctant to issue albums by female Country artists. When record companies then saw the records women sold after her 1952 breakthrough recording, they began issuing albums. Wells was the first to issue her first album in 1956. Titled Kitty Wells' Country Hit Parade, the LP featured Wells' big hits from 1952 to 1956, and sold very well, and proved groundbreaking for the Country music world. Soon, Country women began to release their own LPs, starting with Patsy Cline's self-titled LP in 1957, followed by Jean Shepard's This Is Jean Shepard in 1959, and then again by Rose Maddox in 1960 with the LP The One Rose. By 1960, virtually every female Country singer was releasing her own LPs. Patsy Cline (b. ... Jean Shepard (born November 21, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma) or Ollie Imogene Shepard was one of the first female vocalists in the country music field to become a major star in the early 1950s. ... Rose Maddox (August 15, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama - April 16, 1998 in Ashland, Oregon) was an American country singer. ...


In the late-50s, Wells continued her place on the top on the Country charts with hits like "Three Ways (To Love You)" and a duet with Webb Pierce titled, "Finally". In mid-1958, her No. 7 Country hit, "Jealousy" wasn't just a No. 7 Country smash, but also cracked the Pop charts at No. 78. In late 1958 and early 1959, Wells attained two Top 5 hits, starting with "I Can't Stop Loving You", followed by "Mommy for a Day". Other hits from this time, include, the No. 12 hit from 1958, "Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down", and the No. 15 hit also from 1958, titled, "Touch and Go Heart". Webb Pierce (born August 8, 1921 - February 24, 1991) was an American country music singer. ...


Kitty Wells was never known much for her songwriting ability; she did write some of her material throughout her career. She won two BMI awards for her songwriting, "Who's (sic) Shoulder Will You Cry On" and "Amigo's Guitar". She has published over 60 songs written by her. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ...


The Changing Times In the '60s

It was clear that in the 1960s, Wells slowed down a lot more, but this did not stop Wells from gaining hits.


In the early-60s, Country music was changing into a more smoother, Pop-influenced sound, which was titled the Nashville Sound. Among the singers who were most popular from this genre of Country music included, Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis, and Jim Reeves. This music was produced by the two leaders of the Nashville Sound: Chet Atkins of RCA records and Owen Bradley of Decca records (Wells' record company). Bradley took over as Wells' producer in the 1960s. While he did produce some of the biggest-selling Country crossover singers of the time period, including Patsy Cline, he did have to record some of what Nashville then called, "The Old-Timers", or the Honky-Tonkers from the 50s, including Webb Pierce, Justin Tubb, and Wells. With these singers, including Wells, he steered them all skillfully into the new contemporary sound, without pushing them out of their limits. In the early '60s, Wells' sound changed slightly, incorporating some of the new Nashville Sound into her material. The well-known Nashville Sound vocal group, The Jordanaires can be heard backing Wells on her big Country hit from 1961, "Heartbreak USA". The Nashville Sound (often known as Countrypolitan) arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of the Honky Tonk sound which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... Patsy Cline (b. ... Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American Country Music Singer, who was best known for crossover Pop music songs of the early 1960s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... The cover of Bradleys biggest single as a performer, Big Guitar. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

The "Lonesome, Sad and Blue" album (Decca, 1965).
The "Lonesome, Sad and Blue" album (Decca, 1965).

Because Wells changed her sound, her hits started to climb higher on the charts again, starting with "Amigo's Guitar", which incorporated a Spanish-influenced sound on to the recording. Thanks to this, the song hit No. 5 on the Country charts in 1960. In 1961, Wells achieved her second No. 1 hit with "Heartbreak USA", which probably provides the best example of her new contemporary start. After this No. 1, a string of hits were released in 1962, including the Top 10s, "Will Your Lawyer Talk to God" and "We Missed You". Other hits around this time hit the Country Top 20 also, like 1961's "The Other Cheek". In 1964, Wells released a string of Top 10 hits, starting with the No. 8 hit, "This White Circle on My Finger", then by other Top 10s, like "Password", "I'll Repossessess My Heart", and "Finally", which was a duet with Webb Pierce. Wells had two more Top 10 hits in 1965, starting with the Top 5 hit, "You Don't Hear", then followed by "Meanwhile, Down Ata Joe's", which went on to become her last Top 10 hits. She had a couple other Top 20s, following the decline in the string of Top 10s, like 1965's "A Woman Half My Age", then again in 1966 with "It's All Over (But the Crying)". Following 1966, her hits then decreased in size, some of which did not even chart the Top 40, like 1966's "A Woman Never Forgets", which only hit No. 52. Image File history File links Kitty Wells File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Kitty Wells File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... See also: 1964 in country music, 1965 in music, other events of 1965, 1966 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ...


In the late-60s, Wells reunited with her old duet partner, Red Foley for the making of the album Together Again, as well as a string of unsuccessful singles which didn't even crack the Top 40, like 1967's "Hello Number One".


Wells became the first female country star to have her own syndicated television show with 1968's "The Kitty Wells Show", but the program could not compete against others starring more contemporary male artists like Porter Wagoner and Bill Anderson and only ran for one year. Wells' success opened the door for other female vocalists in the 1950s, notably Jean Shepard, Goldie Hill, and Rose Maddox, but no other woman during this period came near her success; it was not until the early 1960s when Patsy Cline and Skeeter Davis emerged on the scene that other female vocalists began to hit the top ten charts with frequency. By the time Wells scored her final major hit, 1968's "My Big Truck Driving Man", there were more than a dozen women who could be considered top-level country stars, Shepard, Davis, Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith, Dottie West, Norma Jean, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, and the fast-climbing newcomers Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson, and Jeannie C. Riley, all of whom owed a debt to Wells for her groundbreaking career. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Porter Wayne Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) was an American country music singer. ... James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Jean Shepard (born November 21, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma) or Ollie Imogene Shepard was one of the first female vocalists in the country music field to become a major star in the early 1950s. ... Goldie Hill (b. ... Rose Maddox (August 15, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama - April 16, 1998 in Ashland, Oregon) was an American country singer. ... Patsy Cline (b. ... Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American Country Music Singer, who was best known for crossover Pop music songs of the early 1960s. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador 14 August 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American country music singer. ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... Norma Jean Beasler (Pretty Miss Norma Jean), born January 30, 1938 in Wellston, Oklahoma, recorded and sang professionally simply as Norma Jean. She had her own radio show in Oklahoma as a teenager and first attracted national attention on Red Foleys Ozark Jubilee television series in 1958. ... Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson on March 13, 1930 in West Plains, Missouri) was one of the trail-blazing country music female vocalists of the 1960s. ... Jeannie Seely (born Marilyn Jeanne Seely July 6, 1940 in Titusville, Pennsylvania) is an American Country Music Singer and Grand Ole Opry star, who is best-known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning Country hit, Dont Touch Me, which peaked at No. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Lynn Anderson (b. ... Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson on October 19, 1945 in Anson, Texas) to Oscar and Nora Stephenson is an American country and gospel music singer. ...


Later Career & Life Today

Wells continued recording at least two albums a year for Decca through 1973 (by this time, it called MCA records), however, her singles failed to gain success for the singer. In 1974 she signed with Capricorn Records a southern rock label of the era and recorded a blues-flavored album Forever Young, on which she was backed by members of the Allman Brothers Band; the album was not a huge commercial success, though it received considerable acclaim and, through its association with the Allmans, brought Wells to the attention of a younger audience. In 1976 Wells was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, becoming one of the first women to do so (Patsy Cline was the first to be elected as a solo act). In the late 1970s she and husband Wright formed their own record label, Ruboca (the name was a composite of their three children's names: Ruby, Bobby and Carol) and released several albums. In 1979 at age 60 she was back on the Billboard magazine charts with a modest hit, "I Thank You for the Roses". Capricorn Records is an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia. ... Forever Young can mean any of the following: Forever Young (film), a 1992 film starring Elijah Wood and Mel Gibson; Forever Young, a series of books on health, fitness and nutrition written by Filipina health and beauty expert Cory Quirino. ... The original Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band is a pioneering and innovative Southern rock group from Macon, Georgia originally popular in the 1970s, described by Rolling Stones George Kimball in 1971 as the best . ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... Patsy Cline (b. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In the 1980s, although she was no longer making hits, she continued to remain a popular concert attraction throughout the country. In 1987, she joined fellow Opry legends Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn on k.d. Lang's "Honky Tonk Angels Medley", which failed to chart the Country charts, but the song did get high critical acclaim. Wells' 1955 recording "Making Believe" was included in the soundtrack of the film Mississippi Burning. The Wells/Wright touring show remained a very successful road show well into the 1990s. In 1991, she became the third Country singer to win the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. In 2001, the country music legend officially retired with a farewell performance in her hometown of Nashville. However, she continues to make public appearances. In the new millennium, she was interviewed by the CMT network for a documentary about the role of female singers in the history of Country music. Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Mississippi Burning is a 1988 film based on the investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ...


Wells ranked #15 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002.


Now in her late-80s, Wells continues to make public appearances on rare occasion, and on some occasions even performs some of her songs.


Discography

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country Singles US Hot 100 Singles
1952 "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" 1 29 Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1953 "Paying for That Back Street Affair" 6 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1953 "Hey Joe" 8 - Golden Favorites
1954 "Cheatin's a Sin" 9 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1954 "Release Me" 8 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1954 "One by One" (with Red Foley) 1 - Golden Favorites
1954 "Thou Shalt Not Steal" 14 - Kitty Wells
1955 "As Long As I Live" (with Red Foley) 3 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1955 "Makin' Believe" 2 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1955 "There's Poison in Your Heart" 9 - Kitty Wells' Country Music Hit Parade
1955 "The Lonely Side of Town" 7 - Country Music Hall of Fame Series
1955 "You and Me" (with Red Foley) 3 - Country Music Hall of Fame Series
1956 "How Far Is Heaven" (with Carol Sue) 11 - Singing on Sunday
1956 "Searchin' (For Someone Like You)" 3 - Country Music Hall of Fame Series
1956 "Repenting" 6 - Country Music Hall of Fame Series
1957 "Oh' So Many Years" (with Webb Pierce) 8 - Golden Years
1957 "Three Ways (To Love You)" 7 - Country Music Hall of Fame Series
1957 "(I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein" 10 - The Best of Kitty Wells
1957 "One Week Later" (with Webb Pierce) 12 - The Best of Kitty Wells
1958 "I Can't Stop Loving You" 3 - Winner of Your Heart
1958 "Jealousy" 7 78 Lonely Street
1958 "Touch and Go Heart" 15 - Lonely Street
1959 "Mommy for a Day" 5 - After Dark
1959 "Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down" 12 - After Dark
1959 "Amigo's Guitar" 5 - Seasons of My Heart
1960 "Left to Right" 5 - Kitty Wells' Golden Favorites
1960 "Carmel by the Sea" 16 -
1960 "I Can't Tell My Heart That" (with Roy Drusky) 26 - Kitty Wells' Duets
1961 "The Other Cheek" 19 - Kitty Wells' Golden Favorites
1961 "Heartbreak USA" 1 - Heartbreak USA
1961 "Day Into Night" 10 - Heartbreak USA
1962 "Unloved Unwanted" 5 - Especially for You
1962 "Will Your Lawyer Talk to God" 8 - Especially for You
1962 "We Missed You" 7 - Especially for You
1963 "Cold and Lonely (Is the Forecast for Tonight)" 13 - Especially for You
1963 "A Heartache for a Keepsake" 29 - Kitty Wells
1963 "I Gave My Wedding Dress Away" 22 - The Kitty Wells Story
1964 "This White Circle on My Finger" 7 - Country Music Time
1964 "Password" 4 - Country Music Time
1964 "Finally" (with Webb Pierce) 9 - Kitty Wells' Duets
1964 "I'll Repossess My Heart" 8 - Burning Memories
1965 "Six Lonely Hours" 27 - Burning Memories
1965 "You Don't Hear" 4 - Burning Memories
1965 "Meanwhile, Down At Joe's" 9 - Country All the Way
1965 "A Woman Half My Age" 15 - A Woman Half My Age
1966 "It's All Over (But the Crying)" 14 - The Kitty Wells Show
1966 "A Woman Never Forgets" 52 - Country All the Way
1966 "Only Me and My Hairdresser Know" 49 - Love Makes the World Go Around
1967 "Love Makes the World Go Around" 34 - Love Makes the World Go Around
1967 "Happiness Means You" (with Red Foley) 43 - Together Again (with Red Foley)
1967 "Hello No. 1" (with Red Foley) 60 - Together Again (with Red Foley)
1967 "Queen of the Honky Tonk Street" 28 - Queen of the Honky Tonk Street
1967 "Livin' As Strangers" (with Red Foley) 63 - Together Again (with Red Foley)
1968 "My Big Truck Drivin' Man" 35 - Showcase
1968 "We'll Stick Together" (with Johnnie Wright) 54 - Well Stick Together (with Johnnie Wright)
1968 "Gypsy King" 52 - Cream of Country Hits
1968 "Happiness Hill" 47 - Guilty Street
1969 "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (with Red Foley) 74 - Together Again (with Red Foley)
1969 "Guilty Street" 61 - Guilty Street
1970 "Your Love is the Way" 71 - Your Love is the Way
1971 "They're Stepping All Over My Heart" 72 - They're Stepping All Over My Heart
1971 "Pledging My Love" 49 - Pledging My Love
1972 "Sincerely" 72 - Sincerely
1975 "Anybody Out There Wanna Be a Daddy" 94 - -
1979 "Thank You for the Roses" 75 - Greatest Hits Vol. 1
1979 "The Wild Side of Life" 60 - Real Thing
1987 "Honky Tonk Angels Medley" (with k.d. Lang, Brenda Lee, and Loretta Lynn)A - - Shadowland (k.d. Lang album) </ref>
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Hot Country Singles & Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels was a 1952 hit for country singer Kitty Wells. ... Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ... Webb Pierce (born August 8, 1921 - February 24, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... Roy Drusky (June 22, 1930 - September 23, 2004) was a country music singer. ... Singer/songwriter Johnnie Wright (born Johnnie Robert Wright, Jr. ... Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? is a popular song. ... Pledging My Love is a popular song. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...

References

  • Bufwack, Mary A. (1998). "Kitty Wells". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 576-7.
  • CMT.com profile
  • Official website

 
 

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