Death of Kitty Wells

August 30, 1919 - July 16, 2012
Nashville, Tennessee | Age 92

First female country superstar
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CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without Kitty Wells, there might be no Taylor Swift. Or Miranda Lambert. Or Loretta Lynn.

She was THE pioneer, the first female singer with enough spunk and fire to get noticed in the male-dominated world of country music.

Think about it: No Tammy Wynette. No Tanya Tucker. No Carrie Underwood.

"Without her there wouldn't be a lot of us," said Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard.

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