Queen Of Country Music dies

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!

Kitty Wells, ‘Queen Of Country Music,’ Dead At 92 – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com.

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.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bdozer

    I know that there will not be many here that agree with my thinking on this and that’s O.K. Perhaps, I might be the only respondent. A few days ago you asked “What are some good songs?” With this post you have not only found a very good song but at the same time found the “Queen of Country Music” who produced the first number one country song by a female artist heretofore dominated by male superheros of the time. If it’s new it’s not true, if it’s true it’s not new! God gave us a gem in Miss Kitty Wells!

  • Bdozer

    I know that there will not be many here that agree with my thinking on this and that’s O.K. Perhaps, I might be the only respondent. A few days ago you asked “What are some good songs?” With this post you have not only found a very good song but at the same time found the “Queen of Country Music” who produced the first number one country song by a female artist heretofore dominated by male superheros of the time. If it’s new it’s not true, if it’s true it’s not new! God gave us a gem in Miss Kitty Wells!

  • helen

    Thanks for posting the video!
    I heard NPR mention her death. I remembered the song, (although I didn’t realize it was a “first”) and wanted to hear it again.

  • helen

    Thanks for posting the video!
    I heard NPR mention her death. I remembered the song, (although I didn’t realize it was a “first”) and wanted to hear it again.


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