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Jul 16

“Queen of Country Music” Kitty Wells Dies at 92

Kitty Wells

Country Music Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells.

GAC sends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Kitty Wells. Nashville’s WKRN reports Wells, known as the “Queen of Country Music”, died today at the age of 92 following complications from a stroke. The site says Wells “passed peacefully with family by her side at her home.”

Born Ellen Muriel Deason Wright, Wells started her country music career with her late husband Johnnie Wright in 1937.

In 1952 she was the first female singer to reach No. 1 on the country charts with her signature song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” The song was an “answer song” to the Hank Thompson hit from the same year, “The Wild Side Of Life.” Kitty was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.

WKRN reports funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Hendersonville Church of Christ in Hendersonville, Tenn.  Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Click here for more details.

As news of Kitty’s passing reached the Internet, country stars tweeted their respects:

Loretta Lynn:
Kitty Wells will always be greatest female country singer of all times. She was my hero. If I had never heard of Kitty Wells, I don’t think I would have been a singer myself. I wanted to sound just like her, but as far as I am concerned, no one will ever be as great as Kitty Wells. She Truly is the Queen of Country Music.

Charlie Daniels:
A Queen died today. The true Queen of country music,the lady who set the standard for all who followed. Rest in peace Kitty Wells

Kellie Pickler:
My heart cries over the loss of Ms Kitty Wells. She is and always will be the true Queen of Country Music.

Grand Ole Opry:
We will always remember the legendary Kitty Wells. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

Martina McBride:
Sad to hear of the passing of the Queen of Country, Kitty Wells.

Elizabeth Cook:
Thank you, and RIP Kitty Wells.

Julie Roberts:
Just heard the sad news that Kitty Wells passed away. Praying for her family. She is a legend and the “Queen of Country Music.”

Chely Wright:
Rest In Peace Kitty Wells. The Queen of Country Music. What a great lady.

Rodney Atkins:
We’ve lost another legend, Miss Kitty Wells. Praying for her family, friends and fans.

The Oak Ridge Boys:
Kitty Wells has gone home… She was 92… R.I.P. Honky Tonk Angel

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