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Everything that the Queen of Country Music cut between 1949 and 1958, including such epochal hits... more

Kitty Wells: Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD)

Everything that the Queen of Country Music cut between 1949 and 1958, including such epochal hits It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Release Me, Lonely Side Of Town, (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein, Makin' Believe, Paying For The Back Street Affair, and many others. This CD edition of our highly acclaimed LP box set was newly mastered from digital transfers. It contains more songs, and a rewritten booklet that now includes photos from Kitty Wells' personal scrapbook. (see also JOHNNIE & JACK) (BEAR FAMILY) 114 tracks 1949-58, Box-Set (LP-size) w. 28 page book.

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  • Interpret: Kitty Wells

  • Album titlle: Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127156389

  • weight in Kg 1.2
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Death At The Bar
02 Love Or Hate
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet
04 Don't Wait The Last Minute To Pray
05 How Far Is Heaven
06 My Mother
07 Make Up Your Mind
08 I'll Be All Smiles (Tonight)
09 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
10 I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time
11 Searching For A Soldier's Grave
12 I'm Too Lonely To Smile
13 The Things I Might Have Been
14 I Heard The Jukebox Playing
15 A Wedding Ring Ago
16 Divided By Two
17 Crying Steel Guitar Waltz
18 Paying For That Back Street Affair
19 Icicles Hanging From Your Heart
20 I Don't Claim To Be An Angel
21 Honky Tonk Waltz
22 The Life They Live In Songs
23 You Said You Could Do Without Me
24 Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On
25 Hey Joe
26 My Cold Cold Heart Is Melting Now
27 I'll Love You Till The Day I Die
28 I've Kissed You My Last Time
29 I'm A Stranger In My Home (& RED FOLEY)
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 2
01 I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
02 Cheatin's A Sin
03 You're Not Easy To Forget
04 Satisfied, So Satisfied
05 One By One (& RED FOLEY)
06 Release Me
07 After Dark
08 (Don't Hang Around) He's Married To Me
09 Thou Shalt Not Steal
10 Lonely Side Of Town
11 I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted
12 I'm In Love With You
13 Make Believe (& RED FOLEY)
14 You And Me (& RED FOLEY)
15 As Long As I Live (& RED FOLEY)
16 No One But You (& RED FOLEY)
17 Makin' Believe
18 I'd Rather Stay Home
19 I Was Wrong
20 There's Poison In Your Heart
21 Goodbye Mr. Brown (& ROY ACUFF)
22 Mother Hold Me Tight (& ROY ACUFF)
23 Searching (For Someone Else)
24 How Far Is Heaven (& CAROL SUE WRIGHT)
25 Dust On The Bible
26 Beside You
27 I'm Counting On You
28 They Can't Take Your Love
29 I'm Tired Of Pretending
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Oh! So Many Years (& WEBB PIERCE)
02 One Week Later (& WEBB PIERCE)
03 When I'm With You (& WEBB PIERCE)
04 Can You Find It In Your Heart (& WEBB PIERCE)
05 Repenting
06 I Guess I'll Go On Dreaming
07 Each Day
08 The Pace That Kills
09 A Change Of Heart
10 Stubborn Heart
11 Standing Room Only
12 A Mansion On The Hill
13 Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down
14 Right Or Wrong
15 The Winner Of Your Heart
16 Dancing With A Stranger
17 Three Ways (To Love You)
18 She's No Angel
19 Broken Marriage Vows (& RAY CRISP)
20 What About You
21 Sweeter Than The Flowers
22 You Can't Conceal A Broken Heart
23 Just When I Needed You
24 Lonely Street
25 That's Me Without You
26 Cheated Out Of Love
27 The Waltz Of The Angels
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 What About You
02 May You Never Be Alone
03 If Teardrops Were Pennies
04 Touch And Go Heart
05 My Used To Be Darling
06 (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein
07 Love Me To Pieces
08 What I Believe Dear (Is All Up To You)
09 I Can't Stop Loving You
10 Slowly Dying
11 I Can't Help Wondering
12 He's Lost His Love For Me
13 Jealousy
14 Mommy For A Day
15 The Hands You're Holding Now
16 Let Me Help You Tonight
17 All The Time
18 Dust On The Bible
19 (I've Got My) One Way Ticket To The Sky
20 I Heard My Saviour Call
21 I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You
22 The Great Speckled Bird
23 Matthew Twenty-Four
24 I Need The Prayers
25 My Love Ones Are Waiting For Me
26 Lord I'm Coming Home
27 He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
28 Lonesome Valley
29 We Buried Her Beneath The Willow
Kitty Wells As a genre, answer songs have never done that well, but this was the... more
"Kitty Wells"

Kitty Wells

As a genre, answer songs have never done that well, but this was the spectacular exception. Proclaimed the pride of southern womanhood by Governor Frank Clement in 1953, Kitty Wells was born Muriel Deason in Nashville on August 30, 1919. Her early career with her husband, Johnnie Wright of Johnnie & Jack, is detailed in the notes accompanying 'The Queen Of Country Music' (Bear Family BCD 15638). She took the stage name Kitty Wells from an 1860s parlor song by Thomas Sloan that had slipped into country music. She began recording for RCA at the same time as Johnnie & Jack, but was cut loose after two sessions.

In January 1952, Johnnie & Jack and Miss Kitty moved from Shreveport back to Nashville. Tillman Franks says that Webb Pierce was the one who persuaded Paul Cohen at Decca Records to give Kitty a contract, but she doesn't remember it that way. "While we were still in Shreveport, Johnnie had me make a demo record and he sent it to [Decca's] Paul Cohen, but we didn't hear anything from him. One night, Johnnie & Jack were playing the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree and happened to see Paul. Johnnie asked him if Decca was interested in recording me, and he said, 'Yes.' In fact, he had a song he wanted us to listen to." Troy Martin at Peer Music had pitched a song by Jay Miller from Crowley, Louisiana. "I was returning from a trip to Rayne," Miller told Dorothy Horstman, "and I had my car radio on. They were playing 'The Wild Side Of Life.' I'd thought of writing a sequel on several occasions, but my lyric ideas were not strong enough. On this trip a set of lyrics came into my mind. I pulled to the side of Highway 90, took a tablet I kept in my glove compartment, and began to write lyrics down." Miller, of course, knew that the melody was in the public domain so he wouldn't have to give a half share to the original composer, as was the case with most answer songs. Miller himself produced the original version by Alice 'Al' Montgomery for Feature Records. "A friend of mine came in from Nashville, heard our Feature recording and took it back with him. And the second night after he got back Kitty Wells recorded it," Miller told John Broven. Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright were unconvinced by the song. "I said, 'Well, it probably won't be a hit, but at least we'll get a session fee out of it,'" remembered Kitty.

Paul Cohen turned the session over to Owen Bradley, and it became the first major hit that Bradley produced for Cohen. The key instrument was Shot Jackson's tremulous steel guitar. "It's almost a Dobro sound," said Johnnie Wright. "but it's electric." It was recorded on May 3, 1952 when Wild Side Of Life was one week away from the #1 spot. Kitty's record charted on July 19 and topped the charts on August 23. Her wounded innocence was only heightened by what would become her trademark vibrato and often awkward shyness. Dressed demurely in gingham, no one would mistake her for a home wrecker. 

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Tracklist
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 1
01 Death At The Bar
02 Love Or Hate
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet
04 Don't Wait The Last Minute To Pray
05 How Far Is Heaven
06 My Mother
07 Make Up Your Mind
08 I'll Be All Smiles (Tonight)
09 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
10 I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time
11 Searching For A Soldier's Grave
12 I'm Too Lonely To Smile
13 The Things I Might Have Been
14 I Heard The Jukebox Playing
15 A Wedding Ring Ago
16 Divided By Two
17 Crying Steel Guitar Waltz
18 Paying For That Back Street Affair
19 Icicles Hanging From Your Heart
20 I Don't Claim To Be An Angel
21 Honky Tonk Waltz
22 The Life They Live In Songs
23 You Said You Could Do Without Me
24 Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On
25 Hey Joe
26 My Cold Cold Heart Is Melting Now
27 I'll Love You Till The Day I Die
28 I've Kissed You My Last Time
29 I'm A Stranger In My Home (& RED FOLEY)
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 2
01 I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
02 Cheatin's A Sin
03 You're Not Easy To Forget
04 Satisfied, So Satisfied
05 One By One (& RED FOLEY)
06 Release Me
07 After Dark
08 (Don't Hang Around) He's Married To Me
09 Thou Shalt Not Steal
10 Lonely Side Of Town
11 I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted
12 I'm In Love With You
13 Make Believe (& RED FOLEY)
14 You And Me (& RED FOLEY)
15 As Long As I Live (& RED FOLEY)
16 No One But You (& RED FOLEY)
17 Makin' Believe
18 I'd Rather Stay Home
19 I Was Wrong
20 There's Poison In Your Heart
21 Goodbye Mr. Brown (& ROY ACUFF)
22 Mother Hold Me Tight (& ROY ACUFF)
23 Searching (For Someone Else)
24 How Far Is Heaven (& CAROL SUE WRIGHT)
25 Dust On The Bible
26 Beside You
27 I'm Counting On You
28 They Can't Take Your Love
29 I'm Tired Of Pretending
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 3
01 Oh! So Many Years (& WEBB PIERCE)
02 One Week Later (& WEBB PIERCE)
03 When I'm With You (& WEBB PIERCE)
04 Can You Find It In Your Heart (& WEBB PIERCE)
05 Repenting
06 I Guess I'll Go On Dreaming
07 Each Day
08 The Pace That Kills
09 A Change Of Heart
10 Stubborn Heart
11 Standing Room Only
12 A Mansion On The Hill
13 Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down
14 Right Or Wrong
15 The Winner Of Your Heart
16 Dancing With A Stranger
17 Three Ways (To Love You)
18 She's No Angel
19 Broken Marriage Vows (& RAY CRISP)
20 What About You
21 Sweeter Than The Flowers
22 You Can't Conceal A Broken Heart
23 Just When I Needed You
24 Lonely Street
25 That's Me Without You
26 Cheated Out Of Love
27 The Waltz Of The Angels
Wells, Kitty - Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD) Box set 4
01 What About You
02 May You Never Be Alone
03 If Teardrops Were Pennies
04 Touch And Go Heart
05 My Used To Be Darling
06 (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein
07 Love Me To Pieces
08 What I Believe Dear (Is All Up To You)
09 I Can't Stop Loving You
10 Slowly Dying
11 I Can't Help Wondering
12 He's Lost His Love For Me
13 Jealousy
14 Mommy For A Day
15 The Hands You're Holding Now
16 Let Me Help You Tonight
17 All The Time
18 Dust On The Bible
19 (I've Got My) One Way Ticket To The Sky
20 I Heard My Saviour Call
21 I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You
22 The Great Speckled Bird
23 Matthew Twenty-Four
24 I Need The Prayers
25 My Love Ones Are Waiting For Me
26 Lord I'm Coming Home
27 He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
28 Lonesome Valley
29 We Buried Her Beneath The Willow