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Kitty Wells “It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels”

Kitty Wells It Wasn't God That Made Honky Tonk Angels

Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels” is the original clap-back song.  It’s sassy, classy and for the time, highly unusual.

Before Kitty Wells sang it, the song was written by Jay Miller as a rebuttal to a line in the song  “The Wild Side of Life,” which contained the line “I Didn’t Know God Made Honky Tonk Angels”.  Wells made it famous in 1952.

In a time before women’s liberation movements had begun, “It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels” made quite a stir. Country music was controlled by conservative males who didn’t like the message Wells sent. When it went to #1 on the charts, however, they changed their tune some.

“It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels” By The Numbers

  1. The song was the first #1 Country song by a solo woman
  2. “It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels” solidified Kitty Wells as Country Music’s first female star.
  3. The single reached #27 on the Hot 100 top songs according to Billboard Magazine.

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