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Wells sang about the real problems of
postwar life and the sad side of domesticity, like divorced mothers
without custody in the 1950s. Robert Oermann, who co-wrote a book about
the history of women in country music, says Wells was a pioneer.
had been females in country music from Chicago and the West Coast and
from Atlanta," he says. "But Nashville and the South — there women were
pushed to the background."
born in Nashville to musician parents. She quit high school to work in a
shirt factory, but she eventually wound up on the radio with her
singing sisters. In 1952, she shattered the rules of country music with
one song she recorded as a demo: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk
The song made her the first woman to score
a solo hit on the top of the country charts. It even crossed over to
the pop charts. But it was seen as incredibly controversial. The song
defended women's behavior in the face of cheating men. The country music
establishment was horrified, says historian Mary Bufwack.
was herself quite conservative. She was not a showy or sexy performer
and early on put her career aside to be with her family. She told NPR in 2008 she did not think of herself as a feminist.
really didn't think too much about it because I was always pretty
natural with the way I felt and carried myself," she said. But after her
hit, as she tells it, "Capitol Records got to recording the girl
singers and so now we've [got] as many girl singers as men singers."
One of them is Emmylou Harris,
who says before Kitty Wells, it was considered unseemly for a woman to
get on a bus with a bunch of men to tour. "She really paved the way for a
lot of women to get on that bus and ride down the road."