Kitty Wells celebrates 90th birthday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country Music Hall of Famer Kitty Wells has celebrated her 90th birthday.

Wells' 1952 smash "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" proved that women could be successful in what was then a male-dominated industry. She paved the way for future stars like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

Wells met with well-wishers Sunday at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop's Texas Troubadour Theatre. The Tennessean reported her 95-year-old husband, Johnny Wright, was there with her. The couple will soon celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary.

WSM disc jockey Eddie Stubbs led an emotional, music-filled tribute to Wells, who became known as "The Queen of Country Music."

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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