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TheDailyBeast: Summer 2012's Lost Legends

Kitty Wells

(Aug. 30, 1919–July 16, 2012)

Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift—they all followed a path first traversed by the cowboy boots of trailblazer Kitty Wells, the first female superstar of country music. Wells, who died July 18 at age 92, scored the first No. 1 hit on the country music charts by a female solo artist with her song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in 1952. In the decades that followed, Wells recorded 50 albums and had 25 top 10 country hits, cementing her status as a legendary crooner. As country singer Laura Cantrell writes at The Daily Beast, “Kitty Wells started her career as a ‘girl singer’ in the 1940s and ended it as the ‘Queen of Country Music.’”



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