Kitty Wells, The Queen of Country Music, Dies at 92

Kitty Wells, called The Queen of Country Music, has died at age 92 in Madison Tennessee.

Wells, originally Ellen Muriel Deason, was born on August 30, 1919 in Nashville. The song above–It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels–made her the first female country star. Here is more on her and the song, via CMT:

Wells recorded unsuccessfully for RCA before switching to Decca, where she hit with 1952’s “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” a response to Hank Thompson‘s “The Wild Side of Life.” Its controversial pre-feminist lyrics, which blamed unfaithful men for creating unfaithful women, paved the way forLoretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and established Wells as the first major female country star. Wells recorded a number of answer songs and remakes, but she has top-notch original material as well, including some of Harlan Howard‘s earliest hits.

Here is There’s Poison in Your Heart and Wells’ site.