Kitty and husband Johnnie Wright sing, “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”
Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music”, was born Ellen Muriel Deason, in Nashville, Tennessee on August 30, 1919. She created the role for all other female country singers. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” recorded in 1952, was her first number one song nand she was the first female to sell a million records and reach number one in the country field. For 14 consecutive years she was voted the nation’s number one “Country Female Artist” by all of the trade publications such as: Billboard, Cashbox , Record World and Downbeat Magazine. No other Country female artist has ever topped her achievements.
In 1937, Kitty married Johnny Wright , who is also a legend in Country Music. He was part of the famous duo Johnny and Jack. Jack Anglin, Johnny’s duet partner was married to Johnny’s sister, Louise. They began a career in country entertainment that has spanned over 60 years. Kitty and Johnny had three children, Ruby, Bobby and Sue.
Kitty was about to quit show biz and stay at home with her three children, but God had another plan. Paul Cohen, then A&R for Decca Records, was looking for a female singer to record the answer to Hank Thompson’s number one hit, “The Wild Side Of Live”. He asked Johnny if Kitty would be interesed in recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, Kitty said she would do it so she could make the money off of the recording session. Even though the Grand Ole Opry banned the song and she was not allowed to perform it on the air at the time, the song became a million seller. The rest is history.
Family has always been an important part of the Wells/Wright team. They included their children as a part of their tour from the time they were able to walk on stage. Kitty had 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Kitty Wells died on July 16, 2012 in from complications of a stroke. She was 92.