Charter of Incorporation of Kitty Wells Publications (1968), with notarized signatures of Wells (with her legal name of Muriel Wright), and of her husband Johnnie R. Wright, Jr. and father-in-law, Johnnie R. Wright. Also signed twice by Tennessee's Secretary of State.

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Charter of Incorporation of Kitty Wells Publications (1968), with notarized signatures of Wells (with her legal name of Muriel Wright), and of her husband Johnnie R. Wright, Jr. and father-in-law, Johnnie R. Wright. Also signed twice by Tennessee's Secretary of State.
Document signed "Muriel D. Wright", "Johnnie R. Wright, Jr." and twice: "Joe C. Carr" as Secretary of State, 4p. 8½x14, cover 9¼x14½. Also signed "Johnnie R. Wright" [the musician's father] and by Notary Public "Grant W. Smith". Tennessee Department of State, Nashville, Tennessee, 1968 October 14. State of Tennessee Charter of Incorporation of Kitty Wells Publications, Inc. Signed by Carr on front as authorizing official, and also on verso for receipt of $10 filing fee. Large gold seal of the State of Tennessee affixed in lower right front. The purpose of the corporation was to publish musical compositions and arrangements, sheet music, songbooks, cookbooks. KITTY WELLS (1919-2012), 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 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), 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 Johnny & Jack (with Jack Anglin), 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. Wells was at the peak of her popularity in 1968, hence the anticipated demand for cookbooks and songbooks, etc. The couple had a big country hit that year, "We'll Stick Together", a an accurate prediction as the couple celebrate 72 years of marriage in 2009. JOSEPH CORDELL CARR (1907-1981) was Tennessee's Secretary of State 1941-1944, 1945-1949 and 1957-1977. (In Tennessee, the Secretary of State is chosen by the legislature, not by popular vote.) When Carr volunteered for military service in 1944, he wife, Mary Carr, took his place, becoming the first woman to hold a state constitutional office in Tennessee. As the official in charge of Tennessee's elections, Joe Carr was named as defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case of Baker v. Carr (1962), in which the majority of a bitterly divided court ruled that legislative districting was not a purely political question over which courts had no jurisdiction. This opened the door to subsequent cases in which the Court established the one person - one vote principle of legislative district apportionment. (Carr, of course, had not drawn the district boundaries; the Tennessee legislature had done that.) When he retired in 1977, Carr was honored with a bust unveiled in the state capital. Kitty Wells (b. 1919), the long reigning "Queen of Country Music" Horizontal fold creases. Cover creased and soiled at edges. One staple center top. Otherwise, fine condition.

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