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"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" is a 1952 country song written by J. D. "Jay" Miller, and originally recorded by Kitty Wells. It was an answer song to the Hank Thompson hit "The Wild Side of Life."
The song — which blamed unfaithful men for creating unfaithful women — became the first No. 1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. In addition to helping establish Wells as country music's first major female star, "It Wasn't God..." paved the way for other female artists, particularly Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, and songs where women defied the typical stereotype of being submissive to men and putting up with their oft-infidel ways.
At the age of 33, Kitty Wells scored her first hit: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (1952). She had been hired to sing a response song to Hank Thompson's hit song, "The Wild Side of Life," about a reckless woman who more interested in having a good time than settling down. Thompson's song included the lyrics, "I didn't know God made honky tonk angels," amd in her reply, Wells sang that it wasn't right to blame women for all of men's problems. "Too many times married men think they're still single" led "many a good girl to go wrong," sang Wells. Banned by the Grand Ole Opry, Wells' candid song shocked many in the country music world. It soon became a huge hit, eventually selling more than a million copies.
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