Kitty Wells: It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

I learned on NPR this weekend that the classic Kitty Wells tune It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, written in response to Hank Thompson‘s Wild Side of Life, was recently added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Every year 50 recordings deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant are chosen for preservation in the Registry. This song was the first big hit by a female country star, and, like many country music hits by women that followed it (see previous post), this song had a defiant, proto-feminist message that appealed to the neglected female half of the country music market.

NPR has an interesting series of audio pieces about recordings in the Registry that is well worth listening to. Not all of the recordings are musical – they also include speeches and other spoken word pieces, as well as other sounds.

Video courtesy of the excellent Gatorrock786.

~ by lolarusa on December 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “Kitty Wells: It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

  1. I wonder what Kitty’s all-male backup thought of the song?

  2. Now that you mention it, lavenderbay, the fellas in the band do look a little sheepish.

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