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Kitty Wells

"Kitty Wells" (born "Muriel Deason" on August 30, 1919) is an American country musician from Nashville, Tennessee, known from about 1955 as the ''Queen of Country Music''.

Wells debuted on WSIX, a Nashville-area radio station. There, she met and married Johnnie Wright. With Wright and his sister, Louise Wright, Wells toured as ''Johnnie Wright & the Harmony Girls''. With the addition of Louise's Jack Anglin, the band became known as the ''Tennessee Hillbillies'' and then became the ''Tennessee Mountain Boys''. When Anglin was drafted in 1942, ''Wright and Wells'' continued performing together, and she took the name ''Kitty Wells'' from a folk ballad called "I'm A-Goin' to Marry Kitty Wells". When Anglin returned, he and Wright formed the duo Johnny & Jack with Wells occasionally performing back-up vocals. By 1947, the duo was appearing regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, mostly performing with Wells (who did appear with the pair for the Louisiana Hayride).

Wells began recording gospel with RCA (with Johnnie & Jack on instrumental accompaniment), then switched to Decca for her first hit, 1952's "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", which was a response to "The W...

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