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Country Music Legend Kitty Wells Dies At 92

7/18/2012

The woman known as the "Queen of Country Music" has died. Kitty Wells earned her title after becoming the first female country singer to top the country music charts in the U.S. She died Monday in Nashville at the age of 92. Wells, born Ellen Muriel Deason, is best known for her 1952 hit song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." She married future fellow country great Johnny Wright at the age of 18. Theirs was a marriage for the ages. The couple spent more than seven decades together in music and marriage and even starred in their own syndicated TV series, "The Kitty Wells/Johnnie Wright Family Show" in 1969. Wright passed away last September at the age of 97.

Kitty Wells' hits also included "Paying for That Back Street Affair," "Hey Joe," and "Heartbreak U.S.A." "Variety" says she continued to tour until her retirement in 2000. Wells was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1976. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Awards in 1991. Wells is survived by her daughter, Carol Sue, and son Bobby.

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