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Kitty Wells: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize


The Golden Years - A bio/discography 1949 - 1957 by Bob Pinson, Richard Weize &&, Charles Wolfe& ,
BFB 10009 EAN: 4000127100092 ISBN: 3-924787-08-5& ,
DIN-A5, 32 pages& ,

Nashville-born singer Kitty Wells was truly the First Lady of Country Music. Her recordings between 1949 and 1957 redefined the role of women in modern country music.& ,

This book covers that period. Specialists Bob Pinson and Charles Wolfe have written a detailed biography, including data on her most important sidemen (producers, songwriters and back-up musicians), including Owen Bradley, Paul Warren and Eddie Hill among others. Richard Weize has compiled a chronological, alphabetical and numerical Wells discography listing her tracks for RCA Victor, Decca and Vocalion.

Article properties: Kitty Wells: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize

  • Interpret: Kitty Wells

  • Album titlle: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize

  • Genre Country

  • Year of publication 1987
  • Sprache Englisch
  • Nachschlagewerk
  • Einband Broschiert
  • Seiten 32
  • Verleger Bear Family Records
  • Artikelart Bücher/Books

  • ISBN-13 978-3-924787-08-0
  • Größe 15 x 21 x 0,3 cm
  • ISBN-10 3924787085
  • Autor Bob Pinson & Richard Weize
  • EAN: 4000127100092

  • weight in Kg 0.21
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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