The Country Music Hall of Fame: Kitty Wells
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||It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels||Kitty Wells||2:33||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Heard the Juke Box Playing||Kitty Wells||2:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Icicles Hanging from Your Heart||Kitty Wells||2:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Cold, Cold Heart Is Melted Now||Kitty Wells||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Gave My Wedding Dress Away||Kitty Wells||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Release Me||Kitty Wells||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Making Believe||Kitty Wells||2:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'd Rather Stay Home||Kitty Wells||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Searching (For Someone Like You)||Kitty Wells||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Can't Stop Loving You||Kitty Wells||2:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mommy for a Day||Kitty Wells||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Amigo's Guitar||Kitty Wells||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heartbreak U.S.A.||Kitty Wells||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Will Your Lawyer Talk to God?||Kitty Wells||2:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Password||Kitty Wells||2:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Woman Half My Age||Kitty Wells||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Country Music Hall of Fame contains 16 of Kitty Wells' best songs, giving a reasonably thorough overview of her career by combining big hits like "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" with minor hits like "A Woman Half My Age." The songs on this single disc were recorded for Decca Records between 1952 and 1965, so it naturally touches on many of the highlights from her artistic heyday, including "Release Me," "Making Believe," "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Mommy for a Day," and "Heartbreak, USA." It's an excellent retrospective, even though several important cuts — including most of her up-tempo material — is missing. Nevertheless, it's collects many of her most important songs and provides a terrific introduction to one of the most important vocalists in country music history.
Good start, but you know what?
I gave this four stars not because of the music, which is great. It's because UMG/Universal, which owns the rights to Kitty's music, has only a tiny amount of her hits available on iTunes and in general. Kitty's status is legendary in country music, but the only greatest-hits albums available that includes her real-deal recordings, are this album and her 20th Century Masters release. She had more than 30 big hits, not to mention a lot of other classics, and yet of her hits, less than half are for sale on iTunes. (And don't get me started on the K-Tel and Goldenlane albums, because those, like every K-Tel/Goldenlane album, are re-recordings.) Kitty has passed, and her music lives on, but the selection needs to get better, so that all her hits are here for people to enjoy well into the 21st century. Universal, go into your archives, and put out a greatest-hits album worthy of this pioneer in music...with ALL her hits.
Just a country bumpkin
Yesterday July 16 we lost the queen of country music. May she rest in peace in heaven on high.
Country Hall Of Fame
Kitty Wells what a Amazing woman
Born: August 30, 1918 in Nashville, TN
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s