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Kitty Wells
Original name: Ellen Muriel Deason
Birth: Aug. 30, 1919
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 2012
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Singer, Songwriter. Born Ellen Muriel Deason, her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts. She recorded the song just as she was intending to retire from the business to devote herself to her family full time. She learned to play the guitar at 14 and made her singing debut on the radio in 1936, appearing on some of the biggest radio hoedowns of the day, including "Louisiana Hayride" and the weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcast. Her husband, Johnnie Wright, who she married in 1937, suggested that she adopt the stage name Kitty Wells, drawn from an old folk ballad. Wells recorded for RCA Victor in 1949, but all of her major hits were made after that for the Decca label and several of her early records were duets with country stars like Red Foley and Webb Pierce. During her 27-year recording career she placed 84 singles on the country charts, 38 of them in the Top 10, earning her the title "The Queen of Country Music". She had her own syndicated television show in 1968 and made a country-rock album with members of the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band in 1974. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976, and was presented the lifetime achievement award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1991, becoming only the third country musician to receive that honor. She died at her home from complications of a stroke.  (bio by: Louis du Mort) 
Family links: 
  Charles Cary Deason (1891 - 1951)
  Myrtle B. Street Deason (1890 - 1967)
  Johnnie Wright (1914 - 2011)
  Ruby Wright Taylor (1939 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Hill Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Hill Crest Garden
GPS (lat/lon): 36.24177, -86.7224
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
Record added: Jul 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93736711
Kitty Wells
Added by: Louis du Mort
Kitty Wells
Added by: David M. Habben
Kitty Wells
Added by: David M. Habben
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God bless you throughout Autumn, the beautiful, fiery season of the Harvest. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Oct. 17, 2017

- Judy Sue Thomas
 Added: Sep. 4, 2017

- Floral Designer
 Added: Aug. 30, 2017
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