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Thread: Kitty Wells Dies at 92 :(

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    Insane Carrie Fan gaycarebear's Avatar
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    Kitty Wells Dies at 92 :(

    It is a sad day for Country music.

    Kitty Wells, "The Queen of Country Music," has died from complications from a stroke at age 92, Monday morning (July 16).

    Kitty was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, elected in 1976, and also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. Born Ellen Muriel Deason, Aug. 30, 1919, in Nashville, Kitty began her career traveling with husband Johnny Wright, whom she married in 1937. Johnny passed away in 2011.

    She was also a member of theLouisiana Hayride radio show.

    Kitty came to national prominence in 1952 after releasing the single "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." The song was an answer to Hank Thompson's "Wild Side of Life," which blamed women for marital strife. Kitty's "answer song" topped the charts on Aug. 23, 1952, and she became the first country female artist to have a No. 1 record on the charts. Kitty also scored a No. 1 hit with Red Foley, "One by One," in 1954, before reaching the top again in 1961 with "Heartbreak U.S.A."

    Legendary Kitty Wells Dies at 92 - Country Weekly

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    The first #1 for a woman!
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    I'm really sorry to hear this. Miss Kitty was the true Queen of Country Music history, and her legacy will continue to be an inspiration to the singers who follow her.

    As a side note to her passing, her marriage of 74 years to Johnny Wright (of the popular duo, Johnny and Jack) was one of the longest of any active couple in the music business, Both were still giving occasional concerts at 90, until Johnny passed away last year.

    Kitty Wells was a lovely person in every sense of the word. She broke barriers for female Country musicians in the '40s and '50s, by proving that it was viable to tour, headline shows and sell capacity tickets. Some of her songs were also considered daring at the time, for challenging female stereotypes.


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    A true legend is lost. Kitty Wells broke down so many barriers for women in country music, and I'm sure all current women in country music are grateful for Kitty's courage and perseverance.
    The country community lost a wonderful woman today, but her contributions to the genre will be felt forever.
    My prayers go out to her loved ones.

    I hope the CMAs find a way to honor Ms. Wells in November.


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