Queen of Country Music Kitty Wells dies at 92
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/17/2012 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Demure Ellen Muriel Deason of Nashville began playing the guitar at the
age of 14. In 1938, at the age of 20, she married Johnnie Wright and the
two embarked on a long musical career. Taking her name from the old
folk song ditty, "Sweet Kitty Wells," she told the world "It Wasn't God
Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Heralded as the "Queen of Country Music,
Wells has passed away following complications from a stroke. She was 92.
Kitty Wells was an innovator, bringing a female perspective to the male-dominated country music scene.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Wells recorded 50 albums in her lifetime and had 25 Top 10 country hits. She became the first solo female artist to have the No. 1 country hit with her song "Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952.
Some of Wells' other hits included "The Things I Might Have Been," "Release Me," "Heartbreak USA" and the 1955 song "Making Believe," which landed on the "Mississippi Burning" soundtrack 33 years later.
Wells was an innovator, bringing a female perspective to the male-dominated country music scene. "Kitty Wells was every female country music performer's heroine," singer Barbara Mandrell said in a statement. "She led the way for all of us and I feel very grateful and honored to have known her. She was always the most gracious, kind and lovely person to be around."
Songwriter Tom T. Hall noted, "Kitty was the first lady to come out and tell her side of the story about honky tonking and cheating and those kinds of things."
Wells enjoyed a nearly unbroken string of popular singles during the '50s, both on her own and partnered with male label mates Red Foley and Webb Pierce. Until the advent of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in the late '50s and early '60s, she had little competition for chart supremacy among other female singers.
One of Wells' last high-profile major label appearances came in 1974, when Phil Walden's Capricorn Records issued "Forever Young," which featured the veteran singer backed by members of the Allman Brothers Band, the label's top rock act. The title track was a Bob Dylan cover.
Managed as ever by husband Wright, with whom she started an independent label and country museum, Wells continued to tour until her retirement in 2000.
Wells and her husband Wright, who died in 2011, had three children, eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted. That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
Amazing love song medley mashes up the greatest love songs from the 60s to now just in time for Valentine's Day Watch
Five talented musicians take you on a fun time-trip with their love song medley that takes songs from different decades in their viral ... continue reading
Talented singer Christian Cuevas certainly lived up to his name earlier this month when he dared to sing a gospel song the secular TV music ... continue reading
Technology has granted the public more and more power to control the way businesses work with something as simple as a truthful Yelp! ... continue reading
'What God Wants to Hear' - Famed 'Journey' keyboardist Jonathan Cain releases solo Christian album Watch
"Journey" keyboardist, Jonathan Cain is the composer and lyricist behind the iconic song "Don't Stop Believin'." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading
In 1993, author Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Since then, no American has been awarded the honor - until now. LOS ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Priest shares Living Rosary on Mardi Gras to bring people back to God
- St. Hilary, Pope: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
- Here are the answers to the Ash Wednesday quiz. How did you do?
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 HD Video
- Oarfish strandings in Philippines could mean massive quake coming HD ...
- Who do YOU answer to? Californians prepare safe houses for illegal ...
- Pope Francis makes history by celebrating Christ alongside an Anglican Bishop HD
- St. Dominic Savio HD
- Clinton contributor makes revealing 'life insurance' video over fear of assassination HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.