Country Music Legend and Kitty Wells passed away Monday reportedly due to complications from a stroke. She was 92. She was given the title Queen of Country Music by Country Icon Fred Rose and we agree wholeheartedly.
Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason) was the first woman in Country Music history to have an LP (1956’s Kitty Wells’ Country Hit Parade) and to have a Number 1 single, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” She was a 33 year old homemaker when she came onto the scene in ’52 and released the iconic record. With it’s strong female perspective, Wells was an unlikely pro-feminist poster girl. With her country dresses and quiet, unassuming manor she hardly appeared threatening, but her voice carried strength and sass. She went on to record over 50 albums and paved the way for artists like Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.
She broke many barriers for women in Country Music. Kitty Wells had spunk and one hell of a voice.
RIP Kitty Wells, Queen of Country Music.
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