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Country Music Pioneer Kitty Wells Dies at 92

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Kitty Wells, widely considered the first female country music superstar, has died at the age of 92, according to multiple media reports.

Long considered the stage-setter for artists such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline, among many others, Kitty Wells established herself as one of the most successful country music artists of all-time.

Wells’ 1952 hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” was the first song by a female country artist to top the charts.

Family members confirmed Wells’ death this afternoon after complications from a stroke.

Country music has certainly lost a legend — our thoughts and prayers are with Kitty’s family.

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