Kitty Wells, best known for her 1952 hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," died today from complications from a stroke. She was 92.
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.
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