Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton may have been hailed as country music royalty over they years, but there was only ever one “Queen of Country Music.” That was Kitty Wells, who passed away in Nashville on July 16. She was 92.
Wells broke all the rules in 1952 when her hit song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” saw her become the first female country singer to have a U.S. #1.
The Tennessean reported that country singer Lee Ann Womack said: “She paved the way for generations after her and really made a mark for women in country. It’s a tough business for women. She proved that she could sell records and tickets and have hits in a time when that hadn’t been proven yet by female acts.”