Today marks the 7th year death anniversary of our first female superstar in Country music, Kitty Wells. Thus, as we celebrate her death anniversary, let us look back on her works and achievements. One of the works that made her more popular is the song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”. Have you heard this song in the 1950s or do you know something about the song? If you have no idea about it, this article will tell you about the song and the artist who recorded it.
Kitty Wells: Country Music’s First Female Superstar
Kitty Wells, born as Ellen Muriel Deason, was one of the pioneers in the world of Country music. Wells is known as the queen of Country Music. She proved to everyone that she can beat men in the music industry with her 1950s hit song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” This song brought success in her music career where she achieved the first female artist to top the US country chart and became the first female country superstar.
During her career, she was awarded as the top female vocalist for 14 consecutive years. Thus, she became the sixth most successful female vocalist. Wells was inducted as one of the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But then again, everything has its own ending. Wells died on July 16, 2012, in Madison, Tennessee due to stroke complications. She was then 92 years of age.
Looking back, she was married to her late husband Johnnie Wright and became widowed in the year 2011. Johnnie died 33 days before their 74th wedding anniversary.
“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”
This song was written by Joseph Denton Miller. Wells recorded the song in May 1952 and was then released in June 1952. This song became her first hit across countries in the world. This song was made as an answer song to Thompson’s hit “The Wild Side of Life.”
The song “The Wild Side of Life” shows the reason why most relationships fail which is the unfaithfulness of a woman. In contrary, the song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” stated that it is a man’s fault why a woman would treat her man that way.
Watch her sing “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” below: