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Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Wells sang gospel music in church as a child and performed on radio in the 1930s. She achieved fame with her 1952 hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," a rebuttal to a popular song about wayward women. It made her the first female musician to top the country music charts, paving the way for later female country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She sang about topics such as drinking and divorce. How did radio stations react to her first hit? More...
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Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Wells sang gospel music in church as a child and performed on radio in the 1930s. She achieved fame with her 1952 hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," a rebuttal to a popular song about wayward women. It made her the first female musician to top the country music charts, paving the way for later female country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She sang about topics such as drinking and divorce.
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Kitty Wells
Kitty Wells
Kitty Wells
Kitty Wells.jpg
1974 publicity shot of Kitty Wells
Background information
Birth name Ellen Muriel Deason
Also known as The Queen of Country Music; The Clock Stopper
Born August 30, 1919
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Died July 16, 2012 (aged 92)
Madison, Tennessee[1]
Genres country, honky tonk, Nashville sound, gospel
Occupations singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1949–2000
Labels RCA Victor
Decca / MCA
Capricorn
Rubocca
Southern Tracks
Associated acts Red Foley, Webb Pierce, Johnnie Wright, Ruby Wright, Loretta Lynn
Website Kitty Wells Official Web Site

Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells, was 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 first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's 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. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1991, she became the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells' accomplishments earned her the nickname Queen of Country Music.
Biography
Early life

Wells was born Ellen Muriel Deason in 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the few country singers born in Nashville.[2] She began singing as a child, learning guitar from her father, who was a brakeman on the Tennessee Central Railroad.[3] Her father, Charles, and his brother were musicians and her mother, Myrtle, was a gospel singer.[2] As a teenager, she sang with her sisters, who performed under the name the Deason Sisters on a local radio station beginning in 1936.[4]

At the age of 18 she married Johnnie Wright, a cabinet-maker who aspired to country-music stardom (which he'd eventually achieve as half of the duo Johnnie & Jack).[5]
Music career

Wells sang with Wright and his sister Louise Wright; the three toured as Johnnie Right and the Harmony Girls. Soon Wright met Jack Anglin, who married Louise and became part of the band, which became known first as the Tennessee Hillbillies and then the Tennessee Mountain Boys.[2]

Wright and Wells performed as a duo; it was at this time she adopted "Kitty Wells" as her stage name. Johnnie Wright chose the name from a folk song called "Sweet Kitty Wells".[6] When Anglin returned from the Army, he and Wright formed the Johnnie & Jack duo. Wells would tour with the pair, occasionally performing backup vocals.[4] Before Wells' rise to stardom with "Honky Tonk Angels", Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys toured with Wright and Wells for a time. Acuff advised Wright not to make his wife his show's headliner, because he thought women could not sell country music records.[7]

On Louisiana Hayride, she performed with her husband's duo. Wells, however, did not sing on their records until signing with RCA Victor in 1949 releasing some of her first singles, including "Death At The Bar" and "Don't Wait For The Last Minute To Pray", neither of which charted. While these early records gained some notice, promoters still weren't keen on promoting female singers, and therefore Wells was dropped from the label in 1950.
1952: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"

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