April 16, 2016



KITTY WELLS // THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC

THE STORY OF KITTY WELLS ISN’T WHAT FAIRYTALES ARE MADE OF.  HER JOURNEY IN THE MUSIC AND BUSINESS WORLD WAS NOT SOME SHOO-IN FACTORY OF ONE HIT WONDERS FOR ONE HIT ARTISTS ON A PATH THAT HAD BEEN PAVED FOR HER.  KITTY WAS BRAZEN BRILLIANCE. SHE HERSELF WASN’T EVEN A HONKEYTONK ANGEL BUT IN THE 1950S SHE SAW NO PROBLEM IN CALLING LOVE LIKE IT WAS WHEN SHE RECORDED THE SONG “HONKEYTONK ANGELS”.  SEE, “HONKEYTONK ANGELS” WAS A RESPONSE SONG TO “THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE” RECORDED BY AN ARTIST NAMED HANK THOMPSON.  THE SONG STATED THAT HANK “DIDN’T KNOW THAT GOD MADE HONKEYTONK ANGELS” AND TALKED DOWN ON A WOMAN FOR BEING A RAMBLER FREQUENTING THE HONKEYTONKS.

You wouldn't read my letter if I wrote you

You asked me not to call you on the phone

But there's something I'm wanting to tell you

So I wrote it in the words of this song

 

I didn't know God made honky tonk angels

I might have known you'd never make a wife

You gave up the only one that ever loved you

And went back to the wild side of life

 

The glamor of the gay night life has lured you

To the places where the wine and liquor flows

Where you wait to be anybody's baby

And forget the truest love you'll ever know

 

I didn't know God made honky tonk angels

I might have known you'd never make a wife

You gave up the only one that ever loved you

And went back to the wild side of life

 

  THE RESPONSE SONG RECORDED BY KITTY WELLS “HONEYTONK ANGELS” ADDRESSES THE CALL OUT BY STATING

 

As I sit here tonight the jukebox playin'

The tune about the wild side of life

As I listen to the words you are sayin'

It brings memories when I was a trusting wife

 

It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk angels

As you said in the words of your song

Too many times married men think they're still single

That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

 

It's a shame that all the blame is on us women

It's not true that only you men feel the same

From the start most every heart that's ever broken

Was because there always was a man to blame

 

It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk angels

As you said in the words of your song

Too many times married men think they're still single

That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

 

 

THERE WERE NO WOMEN IN ANY POSITIONS OF POWER IN NASHVILLE OR REALLY IN BUSINESS AT ALL AND NO FEMALE ARTISTS HAD GAINED NOTORIETY.  SO WHEN DECCA RECORDS RELEASED “HONKEYTONK ANGELS” THE SONG WAS BANNED FROM THE OPRY AND NBC RADIO (WHICH WERE THE ONLY OUTLETS FOR COUNTRY MUSIC AT THE TIME) SIMPLY BECAUSE THE CONTENT AND LYRIC WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY APPARENTLY DID NOT APPROVE OF. 

HOWEVER, THE PUBLIC COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF THE SONG EVENTUALLY THE BAN WAS LIFTED AND THE “IT WASN’T GOD WHO MADE HONKEY TONK ANGELS” BECAME THE FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS FOR A SOLO FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST.  KITTY NOT ONLY MADE HER MARK WITH THE FIRST NUMBER ONE, SHE WAS THE REIGNING QUEEN OF THE COUNTRY CHARTS FOR 14 YEAR.  KITTY WANTED TO START A RECORD LABEL, SO SHE OPENED ONE WITH HER HUSBAND THAT SHE WAS MARRIED TO FOR 72 YEAR, JOHNNY WRIGHT.  SHE WANTED TO OWN A MERCHANDISING COMPANY, SO STARTED ONE.  SHE TOURED AND PERFORMED ON STAGES UNTIL SHE WAS 80 YEARS OLD YET MANAGED TO LOVINGLY RAISE HER 3 CHILDREN AND CREATE A NUTURING HOME ENVIROMENT .  KITTY  WAS A BRILLIANT MARKETING MIND IN A DAY WHEN MARKETING IDEAS WERE LEFT UP TO THE MEN.  SHE SAW NO RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT SHE COULD DO REGARDLESS OF WHAT SOCIETY STANDARDS WERE.  SHE FOLLOWED THE PATH IN HER HEART.

SHE BRAZENLY LED THE WAY IN NOT ONLY BY PIONEERING TO GIVE WOMEN A VOICE IN COUNTRY MUSIC BUT ALSO IN MARKETING, BUSINESS, TRUE LOVE, AND LIFE.

 

—THERE ARE COUNTLESS WOMEN THAT HAVE UNAPOLOGETICALLY LIVED LIFE IN A WAY THAT IS OUTSIDE OF WHAT PEOPLE WOULD CALL THE SOCIAL NORM.  WOMEN THAT HAVE FOLLOWED THEIR HEARTS IN ASPECTS OF ART, BUSINESS, AND COUNTLESS OTHER AREAS.  KITTY IS A CELEBRATION OF ALL OF THOSE WOMEN. 

AT KITTY, WE WANT TO SHARE THE STORIES OF THE AMAZING WOMEN THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND WE ALSO WANT TO SHARE THE STORIES OF THE WOMEN THAT ARE OUT THERE LIVING THE “KITTY” LIFE TODAY.  WOMEN THAT YOU KNOW THAT ARE WORKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD BY LIVING AUTHENTICALLY FROM THEIR HEARTS.  WE GLADLY WELCOME YOUR INSPIRED STORIES OF KITTYS PAST AND PRESENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THESE STORIES WITH OUR COMMUNITY OF BADASS, BRAZEN RENAISSANCE WOMEN.