RIP Kitty Wells
The first female country music superstar, Kitty Wells, died today. She was 92.
The singer’s family told the Associated Press she died peacefully at home in Nashville, Tenn., after complications from a stroke. To read the full AP obit, click here.
She recorded about 50 albums, had 25 Top 10 country hits and went around the world several times. From 1953 to 1968, various polls listed Wells as the No. 1 female country singer. Tammy Wynette finally dethroned her.
Her solo recording career lasted from 1952 to the late 1970s and she made concert tours from the late 1930s until 2000. That year, the Nashville native announced she was quitting the road, although she performed occasionally in Music City and elsewhere afterward, according to the AP.
Her 1955 hit “Making Believe” was on the movie soundtrack of “Mississippi Burning” released 33 years later. Among her other hits were “The Things I Might Have Been,” ”Release Me,” ”Amigo’s Guitar,” ”Heartbreak USA,” ”Left to Right” and a version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
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