KITTY WELLS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1984 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNIE WRIGHT - HFSID 189317
Sale Price $270.00
KITTY WELLS and JOHNNIE WRIGHT
Both sign a color publicity photograph.
Photograph signed: "Sincerely/Kitty Wells" and "Johnny/Wright". At lower right, someone has written: "Bill Phillip's/fan fair/84". Color, 8x10 overall, image 8x8¾ (one surface). Bobby Wright, who did not sign, is also pictured. Names imprinted at lower margin. KITTY WELLS (1919-2012), who is known as "The Queen of Country Music", was the first woman country singer to sell a million records and have a number one recording ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", 1952). Wells, born Ellen Muriel Deason, who had began performing in 1935 with her sisters and a cousin as the Deason sisters, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1952, and had a string of 23 Top Ten hits into the early 1970s. Wells, who had also performed with her husband, Johnnie Wright (who gave her the name Kitty Wells), as Wells and Wright and later as Johnny Wright & the Harmony Girls, was also a popular concert attraction. She was inducted into the Country Music Association's Hall of Fame in 1976, received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Recording Industry from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1981, was honored with the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 1985 and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1991. Singer/songwriter JOHNNIE WRIGHT (1914-2011), who married Wells in 1937, started his career on radio and is best known for being half of the duo of Johnnie & Jack (Jack Anglin), were named Best Duo of the Year from 1953-1956 and had a big hit in 1958 with "Stop the World (And Let Me Off). Wright and Wells performed on radio's Louisiana Hayride before returning to Nashville in 1952, joining the Grand Ole Opry at that time. On December 31, 2002, after 60 years of performing, the couple gave a "farewell concert" at the Nashville Night Life club. Among those performing were Wright's band, The Tennessee Mountain Boys, and BOBBY WRIGHT, Kitty and Johnnie's son, who had been a part of their family show. Slightly creased at upper right blank corner. Fine condition.
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