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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Kitty Wells' Country Hit Parade


I Kissed You My Last Time

Kitty Wells' Country Hit Parade
Decca Records DL 78293

From the back cover: Kitty was born in 1919, in Nashville, Tennessee. She learned the fundamentals of singing and guitar playing from her father, Charlie Carvey Deason. "Big Charlie," as he was called, was not unlike the immortal Jimmie Rodgers: a railroad man who liked nothing better than to entertain his family of an evening. In this manner Kitty learned a great deal about the truly America art of the folk ballad.

Professionally, Kitty received her start in radio back in 1937 on WSIX in Nashville. As her fame spread, she was invited to appear on other leading stations throughout the South, including KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she was featured soloist for many years on the Louisiana Hayride. from there it was only a short step to WSM's Grand Ole Opry in her own home town of Nashville.

Kitty's instant smash on Decca Records with "It Wasn't God Who Make Honky Tonk Angels" caused the entire music industry to perk up and take notice. Her sad, melodic, and remarkably sincere voice has since won her praises from fans, critics and fellow entertainers.

Makin' Believe
Release Me
Cheatin' A Sin
There's Poison In Your Heart
I've Kissed You My Last Time
Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
The Things I Might Have Been
Paying For That Back Street Affair
I Don't Claim To Be An Angel
I'm Too Lonely To Smile
Searching For A Soldier's Grave

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