Death of Kitty Wells – Pioneer Of Country Music

Singer Kitty Wells better known as the “Queen of Country Music” died at the age of 92 at her home in Nashville. She was surrounded by her family members at the time of her death. She died peacefully after suffering from complications from a stroke. Kitty Wells is well known for her musical hits that include “Making Believe” and “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angel’s” that made her the first female superstar of country music. Her solo recording career lasted from 1952 to 1970 and she made concert tours from the late 1930s until 2000.

She recorded approximately fifty albums that included the 25 top ten country hits and she globe trotted several times. She was No.1 female country singer from 1953 to 1968. In the year-1976 she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and ten years later received the Pioneer Award from Academy of Country Music.

Wells received Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in the year-1991. It was the same year when Bob Dylan and John Lennon were honored and she was just the third country singer to get this most prestigious award after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.

Kitty Wells was just 33 years old to become the first female country artist with number one hit when she recorded “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in 1952.  In that era country music was dominated by men.  The song sold 800,000 copies in its initial release in the summer of 1952. The song created ripples at that time and one radio network even banned it for being “suggestive” – with lyrics that challenged the opinion that women should carry the blame for their perverse husbands.

Wells also held the record of first female country recording artist to sell more than one million records. In the year-2008, the Library of Congress announced that Well’s record had been added to its National Recording Registry of works for an unusual historic merit. Wells also starred in her own television show in the late 1960’s. Many of her songs came from a woman’s point of view that was often about wayward and faithless men.

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