Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A honky-tonk angel arrives at the pearly gates

Kitty Wells
One of the first female stars in country music has died at the age of 92. "Kitty Wells will always be greatest female country singer of all times. She was my hero" tweeted Loretta Lynn. Here is Wells singing her most famous song.

Wells also did a memorable version of Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart." Elvis gets that tune on Sing Me a Hank Williams Song, our album of Williams covers by Nashville's finest. So if you're hankerin' for some Hank—or some good old torch n' twang—click away! Another notable album of country covers is I Walk the Line: An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash. Here's the divine Emmylou singing "Guess Things Happen That Way."


  1. Shamefully, I hadn't heard of her. R.I.P. Also, if Loretta says it, it must be true!

    1. I second that! I had heard of Kitty Wells, but am definitely a huge Loretta and Patsy Cline fan. That old country sound is so pure and hard to recreate these days.

  2. I just read Kitty Wells bio on wikipedia, it says her and her husband were married over 70 years until his passing less than a year ago!!!! That's a long commitment!!!

  3. I haven't heard of Kitty Wells but I bet it must have been pretty amazing for her to be one of the first stars of country music and get to live long enough to watch it evolve. R.I.P.

  4. I'm so glad to hear there are some country and old-time music fans amongst the DG readers! Right now I'm reading a graphic novel about the Carter Family coming out in the fall. Really makes you feel close to them. Loretta Lynn is always evolving--never seems like a dinosaur. Paradoxically, I love it best when Dolly Parton goes back to her bluegrass roots.