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.