Kitty Wells, the Queen of Country Music, who kicked in the door of the male-dominated genre with her 1952 smash “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and became a legend, has died. She was 92.
The pioneering singer died Monday of stroke complications at her Nashville-area home.
Wells was country’s first female superstar, racking up nearly three dozen Top 10 hits from 1952-65, including three No. 1s. She shattered long-held notions that women couldn’t sell country records or headline concerts, and her success blazed the trail for every superstar to come -- from Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris to Shania Twain and Taylor Swift.
The Hollywood Reporter piece on Wells is a good one and a fitting tribute.