The first-ever Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells originally became a star when she recorded an "answer song" to Hank Thompson's 1952 hit, "The Wild Side of Life." Wells championed the female point of view on her plaintive "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," which became the first song by a woman to reach Number One on the country charts. No one was more shocked by the song's success than Wells, born Muriel Deason in Nashville in 1919. The wife of Johnny Wright (one-half of the duo Johnny and Jack), she'd been playing guitar and singing since she was a young girl, but had just about given up on becoming a professional entertainer when her song became a smash. She went on to have a Top Ten C&W hit for 161 weeks straight. She only recently retired from the road, at the age of 81.
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