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Album Review

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.

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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

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the few country stars born in Nashville, Kitty Wells (born Muriel Deason) had a string of hits from the '50s to the early '70s that earned her the title Queen of Country Music. She made her radio debut on Nashville's WSIX, where she met her future husband, Johnnie Wright of Johnnie & Jack. She began touring as part of Johnnie & Jack's show; Wright gave her the stage name, taken from an old folk ballad called "I'm A-Goin' to Marry Kitty Wells." Wells recorded unsuccessfully for RCA before switching...
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