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Saturday Song: Kitty Wells Celebrates 90th Birthday

September 5, 2009

Something a little different today for Saturday Song.

When the story of country music is written one of the essential personalities of the genre that is always talked about is that of Kitty Wells.  Deservedly so!   She was controversial in her time as she toured on the road in ways that men did (gasp), and sang what was then termed ‘frank lyrics’.  Today we know the soft-spoken woman as one of the true legends of country music.  This past week she turned 90 years old and celebrated at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.  She looks fantastic!


More than 15 years ago I attended one of her concerts and was delighted to meet her, and talk with a true musical pioneer.  You might call me a fan…….

Kitty Wells ticket stub

Kitty Wells

To the left of Kitty Wells is her well-known husband and entertainer JohnnyWright.  In between them is their son.  Your bearded blogger is also shown.  (FYI..long ago I gave up the beard and wearing wristwatches.)  The graciousness and time that was spent with their fans was a real sincere thing to see and feel.   They were not making tons of money on these shows, but wanted to tour and entertain.  That was just what they always knew, and wanted to continue.  To me that is what makes these legends of country music so special.

This past week Johnny was alongside his dear wife in Nashville for the birthday event.

johnnywrigh kw1

Her signature song is the classic “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”.

From 1955  Roy Acuff introduces Kitty Wells and the song that is one of my personal favorites, “Making Believe”.

  1. gord nicholson permalink
    December 31, 2009 12:50 AM

    thank you very much for the lyrics but would like in time to hear if it ever was sung…..Gord

  2. October 2, 2009 9:50 PM

    Here are the words of the song. I can find no other information at this time…..but if I do I shall post here as a comment. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    “Kitty Wells Started It All”
    (By Dixie & Tom T. Hall)
    “Well we’ve all heard Loretta, Patsy and Tammy,
    And Dolly and Barbara, they’ve captured the screen,
    But when history is written, you ask the ladies,
    They’ll say without question, that Kitty’s the queen.

    “And it wasn’t God who make honky tonk angels,
    For country girl singers, there wasn’t much call,
    Up to the ’50s, us boys did the singin’
    Till Kitty Wells started it all

    “Well, she sang about cheating’
    But she was a lady,
    She sang about country girl’s stumbles and falls,
    If you love the great ladies of country music,
    Remember Miss Kitty Wells started it all.

    “And it wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels,
    For country girl singers, there wasn’t much call,
    Up to the ’50s, us boys did the singin’
    Till Kitty Wells started it all.

    “Well, she toured on the road, sang on the Opry,
    She lived every part of a country girl’s dream,
    Well, the Hall of Fame named her,
    Her fans acclaimed her,
    Miss Kitty Wells is the true country queen.”
    (Reprinted with the permission of Tom T. & Dixie Hall.)

  3. gord nicholson permalink
    October 2, 2009 6:54 PM

    I am trying to find out if the song titled “Kitty Wells Started It All”
    Was it ever published and who sang it???
    I believe it was written by Tom T. Hall

    I you can help I would appreciate.

    Can anyone tell me if Kitty Wells syndicated TV programs can be bought?

    A fan all my life

  4. Sandy permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:48 PM

    Thanks for a great post on the Queen of Country Music.

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