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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” is the original clap-back song.  It’s sassy, classy and for the time, highly unusual.

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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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