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Name: Kitty Wells                                                                     
Birth name: Ellen Muriel Deason                                                       
Also known as The Queen of Country Music                                             
Born: 30 August 1919 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.                                       
Kitty Wells (born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30, 1919) is an American country     
music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,"     
made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and         
turned her into the very first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued up     
until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of future female country singers to       
come to fame in the 1960s.                                                           
Kitty Wells' success in the 1950s and 1960s was so enormous that she still ranks     
as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of the Billboard         
country charts according to historian Joel Whitburn's book The Top 40 Country         
Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya     
Tucker. Wells was the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank           
Williams, to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, as well as       
being the seventh woman and first Caucasian woman to receive the honor. In 1976,     
she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wells' accomplishments         
earned her the moniker "The Queen of Country Music," a title since inherited by       
Reba McEntire.