Kitty Wells, country music star, dies at 92
Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells, was the most famous country music singer. She died home in Nashville, Tennessee this morning after complications from a stroke at the age of 92.
She became the first country star in 1952 after her hit , “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s and many other female singers rise to popularity after Wells songs.
Wells was born Ellen Muriel Deason in 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee. She began to sing since childhood, learning guitar from her father. As a teenager, she sang with her sisters, who performed under the name the Deason Sisters on a local radio station beginning in 1936.
She and Johnie Anglin, became her partners and they formed the band Johnnie & Jack.
Wells was famous 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. 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. According this data she deserves her title as Queen of Country Music.
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