Kitty Wells, arguably the first big female star of country music (not counting the women in the Carter Family), died Monday at the age of 92.
Here is her breakthrough song, a response to Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life,” in which the singer laments that a “honky tonk angel”–that is, a woman of ill repute–broke up his marriage. Kitty, irked at that song, wrote a reply using the same tune, in which she makes the musical observation that the MAN is to blame for breaking up his marriage by his unfaithfulness and that MEN are the cause of good girls going wrong!
UPDATE: I garbled the account of Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life” to which Kitty Wells was responding. The man is complaining that his wife who left him turned out to be nothing but a “honky tonk angel” and that he should have known that she would never “make a wife.”