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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kitty Wells


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 Linkhits 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.

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