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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 August 1919Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 16 July 2012Madison, Tennessee, USA  (complications from a stroke)
Birth NameMuriel Ellen Deason
Nickname The Queen of Country Music

Mini Bio (1)

Kitty Wells was born on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Muriel Ellen Deason. She was married to Johnny Wright. She died on July 16, 2012 in Madison, Tennessee.

Spouse (1)

Johnny Wright (30 October 1937 - 27 September 2011) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (15)

Country singer.
Created her stage name, Kitty Wells, when she married Johnny Wright in 1939.
In 1952, became the first female country singer to have a solo No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine's country charts, with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels." The song was a response to Hank Thompson's No. 1 hit that same year, "The Wild Side of Life."
Her other two Billboard country No. 1 hits were "One By One" (1954, duet with Red Foley) and "Heartbreak USA" (1961).
Her 1955 hit, "Makin' Believe," holds the record for most weeks at No. 2 on Billboard's country charts (15 weeks) without going to No. 1.
Formed the Kitty Wells/Johnny Wright Family Show in 1969; children Bobby and Ruby are part of the show.
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
Recorded some of her biggest hits in the 1950s with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.
Inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall Of Fame in 2002.
Received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1991, the first female country singer so honored,.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 20, a daughter Ruby Wright on October 27, 1939. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 21, a daughter Carol Sue Wright on June 12, 1941. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 22, a son John Robert Wright (aka John Wright) on March 30, 1942. Child's father is her now late husband, Johnnie Wright.
(September 27, 2009) Her oldest child, a daughter Ruby Wright, died from heart disease at age 69.

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