Written by Johnny and Walter Bailes
Kitty Wells, was the first time solo female artist to had a #1 song in
the Country charts. Wells opened the floodgates, and was the forerunner of all the female country hitmakers who came in her wake; she remained a major star for much of the 'Fifties and 'Sixties. In the
late '50s, country gospel albums didn't come much finer than Dust on the Bible.
Kitty Wells is, admittedly, an acquired taste. Some will leave the room when a Kitty Wells recording is on, mumbling something about fingernails on a chalkboard... But there's also a tremendous depth to Wells' work, an unreconstructed, old-fashioned country sensibility that still rings true after all these years... She was the real deal and her recordings include a wealth of classic material.
Kitty Wells, the "Queen of Country Music", was born Ellen Muriel Deason, in Nashville, Tennessee on August 30, 1919. She created the role for all other female country singers. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" recorded in 1952, was her first number one song and she was the first female to sell a million records and reach number one in the country field. For 14 consecutive years she was voted the nation's number one "Country Female Artist" by all of the trade publications such as: Billboard, Cashbox, Record World and
Downbeat Magazine. No other Country female artist has ever
topped her achievements.