Kitty Wells was the first female country superstar, and for many years, the only consistent female hit-maker.
She also started a long tradition of controversial female records being banned at country radio. Her answer song to “The Wild Side of Life” spent six weeks at #1 in 1952, and her name would forever be associated with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” Indeed, the record made such a big impact that many don’t even know it was an answer song in the first place.
Her other big classic was “Making Believe”, which spent an astonishing 15 weeks at #2 in 1955.
Wells’ trailblazing career landed her at #9 on Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Women feature back in 2007. You can read her entry here.
Rest in Peace, Miss Kitty Wells.