Friday, June 30, 2017
Kitty's Choice - Kitty Wells
Decca Records DL 8979
Available from online vendors, but possibly found without the sweet color art of Wells holding a puppy.
From the back cover: It was stated earlier in these notes that Kitty, like a diamond, was forever. Nothing transient or ephemeral. It is significant and gratifying that Decca Records became aware of her timeless appeal and recently signed her to a lifetime contract – a milestone in the record business.
The signer joined Decca on May 3, 1952 and had an exceptionally rapid rise. Her first single, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," was released June 23, 1952, and became a "smash." This recording was the first of some 30 singles, all of which made the best selling country charts. In addition to her singles, Kitty has to her credit 10 Extended Play sets and such notable albums as "After Dark," "Kitty Wells Country Hit Parade," "Winner Of Your Heart," "Dust On The Bible," and "Lonely Street."
In the tradition of the great performers, Kitty Wells maintains a heavy schedule of concert, auditorium and theater appearances; and she had just completed a tour of Canada prior to recently signing her Decca Lifetime contract in New York. Literally hundreds of thousands have heard her poignant performances of such hit sides as "Release Me," "Cheatin' A Sin," "Paying For That Back Street Affair," etc.
The thrush, who in 1954 received a citation from Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement as a "Outstanding citizen reflecting great credit on our state," was born in Nashville in 1919. Kitty's father, Charlie Carey Deason, a railroad man and balladeer, taught her the elements of folk balladry. In 1937, she began to broadcast over WSIX, Nashville, later appearing on many stations throughout the South. For years she was soloist on the "Louisiana Hayride" over KWKH, Shreveport; and thence to WSM's "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville. During the 40's and 50's she was always associated in the public mind with that select group of artists representing the cream of the field - Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, the late Hank Williams, etc. In brief, her inspiration derives from the fount of Musical Ameraicana. – Paul Ackerman
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