Monday, November 14, 2011

Kitty Wells



I still kick myself for not getting Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright to sign an LP when I saw them at Sunset Park back in the early 1990s. Though they basically phoned in the performance—Kitty even looked at her watch a few times during the set—it was very cool to see them at such a legendary venue. According to this fascinating article written by Eddie Dean, Sunset Park closed in 1995, so I got there just in time. During the show, Kitty mentioned that her first time playing the park was back in the 1940s and I know she made regular—if not yearly—performances there for her entire career.

The cover you see pictured was a $5.00 eBay purchase. While it’s not the greatest picture in the world, I like that Kitty signed the front cover with a sharpie. She typically used to sign back covers and use a ballpoint pen.

At 92 years of age, The Queen of Country Music is still alive, though her husband of 74 years Johnny Wright passed away earlier this year at the age of ninety-seven. Was this the longest celebrity marriage in history?

Laura Cantrell released an excellent tribute album called Kitty Wells Dresses earlier this year. I love that she recorded "Amigo’s Guitar," which will always be my favorite Kitty Wells song.

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