Dubbed as the "Queen of Country Music," Kitty Wells passes away today at the age of 92, from complications of a stroke. Her signature song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," trailblazed the way for more Country female performers to come after her.
The tune was an "answer song" to Hank Thompson's hit "Wild Side of Life." Her lyrics flipped Thompson's lyrics from blaming a carousing woman for a man's sorrow into blaming men for "every heart that's ever broken."
Barbara Mandrell, a longtime friend of Kitty Wells, offers her comments on her mentor’s life and work:
“Kitty Wells was every female country music performer’s heroine. She lead the way for all of us and I feel very grateful and honored to have known her. She was always the most gracious, kind and lovely person to be around. I so appreciated her being a part of my life and a mentor to me.”
DOLLY PARTON KITTY WELLS statement:
"Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business. In addition to being a wonderful asset to country music, she was a wonderful woman. We will always remember her fondly." -Dolly Parton