Kitty Wells


The "Queen of Country Music," Kitty Wells, (Ellen Muriel Deason, b. 1918) emerged in 1952 as the first female country vocalist to win and sustain major stardom. Her release, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,"--a lyrical response to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life"--was a hit. Wells and her husband, Johnny Wright, continued to work a full schedule well into the 1990s.

Negative: 1983Print: 2003

Maker: Horenstein, Henry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Hampshire, Reeds Ferry, Lone Star Ranch

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Credit Line: Horenstein, Henry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0169.073Accession Number: 2003.0169Catalog Number: 2003.0169.073

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 14 in; 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm


Record Id: nmah_1271241

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