Wells released roughly 50 albums, and had 25 Top 10 country hits. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was the first number one country hit by a woman solo artist.
Wells is widely considered one of the most influential country artists of all-time. As the AP obituary puts it:
She was THE pioneer, the first female singer with enough spunk and fire to get noticed in the male-dominated world of country music.
Think about it: No Tammy Wynette. No Tanya Tucker. No Carrie Underwood.
"Without her there wouldn't be a lot of us," said Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard.
Her son, Bobby Wright, had a role in the TV show McHale's Navy, which in 1997 was remade into an Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Arnold and David Alan Grier.