Female country music superstar Kitty Wells died on July 17, 2012, at her home after a stroke. She was 92 years old. Wells was country music's first successful female solo singer and was a major chart topper for 14 years, beginning in 1952.
Born in 1919, Wells married Johnnie Wright (who also became a famous country singer) in 1937 and began appearing with him and his new act, Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys. In the late 1940s, the duo of Johnnie & Jack rose to fame with their hit recordings on RCA-Victor. Wells signed with Decca and had her breakthrough hit in 1952 with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Other hits were "Making Believe," "Release Me," or "Amigo's Guitar." She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
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