Kitty Wells, who was one of the first women to have a substantial effect on country music died on Monday (July 16, 2012) in Madison, Tenn. Wells, 92 died of of complications that arose from a stroke.
Kitty Wells, who passed away on Monday was one of the most popular and successful female singer of the 1950s and early 60s. She was one of the few successful women in the industry who was dominated by men. Her song 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels' in 1952 was a big hit. Kitty Wells, who had decided to quit singing and concentrate on her family happened to accept an offer in 1952 which turned out to be a life turning decision. The song made her life and threw light on the stereotypical thinking about men who strayed and the women they strayed with.
Speaking about Kitty Well's achievements, John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, told The Times on Monday, "The history of country music can't be written without calling attention to her great achievements. She really has left an indelible mark on American music history."
Apart from her son, Bobby, and daughter, Sue Wright Sturdivant, Kitty Wells is survived by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Her daughter Ruby passed away in 2009.