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Kitty Wells

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Mostly of the country stars given birth to in Nashville, Kitty Wells (given birth to Muriel Deason) had a string of strikes in the ’50s to the first ’70s that earned her the name Queen of Nation Music. She produced her radio debut on Nashville’s WSIX, where she fulfilled her husband to be, Johnnie Wright of Johnnie & Jack port. She started touring within Johnnie & Jack’s display; Wright offered her the stage name, extracted from a vintage folk ballad known as “I’m A-Goin’ to Marry Kitty Wells.” Wells documented unsuccessfully for RCA before switching to Decca, where she strike with 1952’s “It Wasn’t God Who Produced Honky Tonk Angels,” a reply to Hank Thompson’s “The Crazy Side of Existence.” Its questionable pre-feminist lyrics, which blamed unfaithful males for creating unfaithful ladies, paved just how for Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and founded Wells because the 1st major female nation star. Wells documented several answer tracks and remakes, but she’s top-notch original materials aswell, including a few of Harlan Howard’s first hits. Wells started singing as a kid, learning electric guitar from her dad. As an adolescent, she sang with her sisters, who performed beneath the name the Deason Sisters, on an area radio place. The group started singing over the place in 1936. The next year, she wedded Johnnie Wright. Soon after their relationship, Wells and Wright started performing together together with his sister, Louise Wright; they known as themselves Johnnie Wright & the Tranquility Girls. Jack port Anglin, Louise’s hubby, joined up with the group in 1939, plus they renamed the music group the Tennessee Hillbillies, which would ultimately evolve in to the Tennessee Hill Children. Anglin was drafted in to the Military in 1942. Pursuing his departure, Wright and Wells performed being a duo; it had been at the moment that she followed the Kitty Wells stage name. When Anglin came back from the Military, he and Wright produced the Johnnie & Jack port duo. Wells would tour using the duo, sometimes performing back-up vocals. In 1946 and 1947, the duo acquired a regular place on the Grand Ole Opry, and Wells seldom performed together. However, she do sing using the pair if they became a member of the Louisiana Hayride in 1948. The Louisiana Hayride helped Johnnie & Jack port land an archive agreement with RCA Information in 1949. That same calendar year, Wells documented some gospel monitors — offering Johnnie & Jack port as instrumental support — for RCA, however they had been unsuccessful. Pursuing those recordings, Wells was pretty much retired for another couple of years. In 1952, Paul Cohen, an professional at Decca Information, contacted Wells to record “It Wasn’t God Who Produced Honky Tonk Angels.” Wells documented the melody and it became a smash strike, reaching number 1 in the summertime and residing in that placement for six weeks. Later on in 1952, she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. “It Wasn’t God Who Produced Honky Tonk Angels” was accompanied by “Spending money on That Back Road Affair,” a reply to Webb Pierce’s “Back again Road Affair.” The solitary reached quantity six within the springtime of 1953, assisting to establish a long term place near the top of the graphs for Wells. For all of those other ’50s, she strike the very best Ten with regularity, accumulating a complete of 23 TOP hits. In the first ’60s, her profession dipped somewhat, but she continuing to have TOP hits frequently. Through the past due ’60s and ’70s, Wells’ streak of strikes evaporated, but she were able to possess a string of small hits and continued to be a favorite concert appeal. In 1976, Wells was inducted in to the Nation Music Hall of Popularity, and with justification. Kitty Wells broke down the doorways for female nation singers, paving just how for performers like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn. Through the ’80s, her activity slowed — furthermore to owning a museum beyond Nashville, she toured with her spouse, Johnnie, and sometimes appeared for the Grand Ole Opry. In 1991, she was presented with a Lifetime Accomplishment Award through the Grammys. In July 2012 she passed away in the home in Madison, Tennessee, from problems of a heart stroke; Kitty Wells was 92 yrs . old.

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Full Name Kitty Wells
Died July 16, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Johnnie Wright
Children Bobby Wright, Ruby Wright, Carol Sue Wright
Parents Charles Cary Deason, Myrtle Deason
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award
Music Songs It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Makin' Believe, Amigo's Guitar, I Can't Stop Loving You, Heartbreak USA, How Far Is Heaven, Mommy for a Day, Will Your Lawyer Talk to God, I Gave My Wedding Dress Away, I Don't Claim to Be an Angel, I Heard the Jukebox Playing, Fraulein, I've Kissed You My Last Time, Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On, We Buried Her Beneath the Willows, I Dreamed I Searched Heaven for You, Hey Joe, Dust on the Bible, There's Poison in Your Heart, A Woman Half My Age, Three Ways, I'll Repossess My Heart, Meanwhile Down at Joe's, This White Circle on My Finger, A Wedding Ring Ago, Fickle Fun, Lonely Side of Town, Lord I'm Coming Home, Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down, My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me, I Need the Prayers, Matthew Twenty-Four
Albums Queen Of Country Music (With Bonus Tracks), Country Music Time, Queen of Country, We'll Stick Together, Sing Heartwarming Gospel Songs, Christmas Day With Kitty Wells, 20 All-Time Greatest Hits, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 2, It's Christmas Night, Countrypolitan Classics - Kitty Wells, Singing on Sunday, A Country Angel, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 5, Release Me - 20 Classic Tracks, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 4, I Guess I'll Go on Dreaming, Remembering Kitty Wells, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 1, I Can't Stop Loving You, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 8, Singing On Sunday / Dust On The Bible, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 6, 20 Golden Hits, Country Music Time with Eddy Arnold, Carl Smith, Johnnie & Jack, Kitty Wells, Makin' Believe, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 2, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 3, Kitty Wells' The Things I Might Have Been, 20 Of Her Best, HeartBreak U.S.A, Christmas Love, Searching, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 7, Honky Tonk Angels, Cheatin's A Sin, Kitty Wells Selected Favorites, Honky Tonk Angel - All the Hits, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 3, How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 4, Kitty Wells & Roy Drusky, The Classic Years, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 6, Country Masters: Jealousy, 20 Golden Favourites, Heartbreak U.S.A. (Expanded Edition), How Far Is Heaven, Vol. 7, Sacred Songs of Kitty Wells, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 1, Together Again, Seasons Of My Heart, Make Up Your Mind, Vol. 8
Movies The Legendary Ernest Tubb


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#Fact
1 (September 27, 2009) Her oldest child, a daughter Ruby Wright, died from heart disease at age 69.
2 Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 22, a son John Robert Wright (aka John Wright) on March 30, 1942. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
3 Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 21, a daughter Carol Sue Wright on June 12, 1941. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
4 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 20, a daughter Ruby Wright on October 27, 1939. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
5 Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
6 Received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1991, the first female country singer so honored,.
7 Inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall Of Fame in 2002.
8 Recorded some of her biggest hits in the 1950s with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.
9 Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
10 Formed the Kitty Wells/Johnny Wright Family Show in 1969; children Bobby and Ruby are part of the show.
11 Her 1955 hit, "Makin' Believe," holds the record for most weeks at No. 2 on Billboard's country charts (15 weeks) without going to No. 1.
12 Her other two Billboard country No. 1 hits were "One By One" (1954, duet with Red Foley) and "Heartbreak USA" (1961).
13 In 1952, became the first female country singer to have a solo No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine's country charts, with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels." The song was a response to Hank Thompson's No. 1 hit that same year, "The Wild Side of Life."
14 Created her stage name, Kitty Wells, when she married Johnny Wright in 1939.
15 Country singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
September 12th 2017/I performer: "Jambalaya On The Bayou" post-production
The Aliens 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
31 2016 performer: "We Buried Her Beneath The Willows"
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
The Marty Stuart Show 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Crazy Heart 2009 performer: "Searching for Someone Like You" 1955, "Searching For Someone Like You"
Wicked Lake 2008 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels"
Opry Video Classics: Queens 2007 Video performer: "Makin' Believe"
Neal Cassady 2007 performer: "Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore"
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Devil's Rejects 2005 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Silent Voyeur 2004 performer: "Release Me" 1954
Sunshine State 2002 performer: "Makin' Believe" 1954
Men of Honor 2000 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Bastard Out of Carolina 1996 performer: "Searching For Someone Like You"
Needful Things 1993 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Northern Exposure 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mississippi Burning 1988 performer: "Making Believe"
Dolly 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Desert Hearts 1985 performer: "AMIGOS GUITAR", "IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS" / writer: "AMIGOS GUITAR"
The Blues Brothers 1980 performer: "YOUR CHEATIN' HEART"
Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
50 Years of Country Music 1978 TV Movie performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
September 30, 1955 1977 performer: "Makin' Believe"
8th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1974 TV Special performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Road to Nashville 1967 performer: "A woman half my age"
Flaming Creatures 1963 performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Country Style, U.S.A. 1958 TV Series short performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marty Stuart Show 2010 TV Series Herself - Special Guest
American Roots Music 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The Life and Times of the Women of Country 1999 TV Movie Herself
The Life and Times of Roy Acuff 1995 TV Movie Herself
The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman 1994 TV Special Herself
The Women of Country 1993 TV Movie Herself
Nashville Now 1987-1991 TV Series Herself
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
An All Star Salute to Country Music 1990 TV Movie Herself
22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Performer
Dolly 1988 TV Series Herself
Austin City Limits 1984 TV Series documentary Herself
Johnny Cash and the Country Girls 1981 TV Movie Herself
50 Years of Country Music 1978 TV Movie Herself
That's Country 1977 Herself
10th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1976 TV Special Herself - Hall-Of-Fame Inductee
Hee Haw 1975 TV Series Herself
8th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Singer
That Good Ole Nashville Music 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest Performer
The Road to Nashville 1967 Herself (singer) (as Kitty Wells Show)
The Porter Wagoner Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar 1965 Herself
Country Style, U.S.A. 1958 TV Series short Herself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
The Joy of Country 2011 TV Movie Herself
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video Herself
The Best of the Porter Wagoner Show! Classic Shows: Vol. 1 2008 Video Herself
Opry Video Classics: Queens 2007 Video Herself
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Grand Ole Opry's Vintage Classics 2005 TV Movie Herself
Inside Fame 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Bravo Profiles 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Dolly Parton: She Ain't No Dumb Blonde 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
America's Music: The Roots of Country 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself

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