Kitty Wells 
1919- 2012 

Born in 1919 was the gal who would become the Queen of Country music. Muriel Deason. 

Muriel's career started at a young age with her sisters and cousins singing on the Old Country Store radio show in Nashville. She began playing the guitar at age 14 and soon was performing at dances in the Nashville area. At age 16, Muriel met Johnny Wright and they married two years later. It was Johnny who suggested she change her name… she did and moved on the Louisiana Hayride, then the Grand Ole Opry to become this country's leading female singer.

 "Kitty Wells will always be greatest female country singer of all times. She was my hero. If I had never heard of Kitty Wells, I don’t think I would have been a singer myself. I wanted to sound just like her, but as far as I am concerned, No one will ever be as great as Kitty Wells. She truly is the Queen of Country Music."
Loretta Lynn 

In 1952 Kitty Wells recorded "It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk Angels". It was her first session with Decca Records and the song shot all the way to number one. The first female in Country music to accomplish that feat! She went on to become the first country artist ever to sign a lifetime contract with Decca Records. 

"My heart cries over the loss of Ms Kitty Wells. She is and always will be the true Queen of Country Music." 
Kellie Pickler

She charted on the billboard Country singles charts 81 times and in the 50's and 60's was undoubtedly the top female country singer.

 In 1976, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and 10 years later received the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music. In 1991 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences -- the group that presents the Grammy Awards.

"I never really thought about being a pioneer," "I loved doing what I was doing." 
Kitty Wells (2008)

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