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

Goodbye to the great Kitty Wells.

This song was written by Jay Miller in response to Hank Thompson’s hit The Wild Side of Life, a lament about a suffering husband whose wife leaves him alone at home while she hangs out in bars. The song included the affecting line “I didn’t know God made honky-tonk angels” and was a huge hit in 1952. Kitty’s answer came out later the same year and struck a chord with listeners, particularly women. The song has since taken on a legendary status, and made Kitty Wells one of the icons of country music women’s lib.

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~ by lolarusa on July 17, 2012.

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

  1. Wow! This is a bit of country music history I wasn’t aware of. Great song.

  2. It’s fascinating how each singer/songwriter wants the blame to fall mainly on either men or women for infidelity. I think… I’m not sure, but I think… that we are a little wiser these days and know that both men and women have a hard time with monogamy. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Dan Savage. :-)

  3. I can get behind the song except for the part about how most every broken heart could be blamed on men. Although she doesn’t say EVERY heart. She may be right that a high percentage of broken hearts are, in fact, the men’s fault. Especially among country music fans. Particularly female country music fans.

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