Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music,” died today (July 16) after complications from a stroke. She was 92 years old.
The future country icon was born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, Tenn., and began her singing career performing with her siblings in a group called the Deason Sisters. As a solo act, Kitty became the first woman to reach No. 1 on the charts, with her now classic hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”