KITTY WELLS - PROGRAM SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ROY ACUFF, JOHNNIE WRIGHT, JACK ANGLIN - HFSID 279462
Sale Price $680.00
KITTY WELLS, JOHNNIE WRIGHT, JACK ANGLIN and ROY ACUFF
All four sign by their individual photos on the front cover of a Grand Ole Opry souvenir picture album.
Program signed: "Roy Acuff", "Kitty Wells", "John Wright" and "Jack Anglin", 16 pages, 8½x10¾ all intact. Souvenir Picture Album from WSM and WSM-TV. Each signer is featured in a star-shaped photo reproduction on the front cover, where all have signed in ink. 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, Johnnnie 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 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. Jack Anglin (1916-1963) was a talented composer, many of whose country classics have been covered time after time. He died in a car crash while on his way to Patsy Cline's funeral. ROY ACUFF (1903-1992), with his Smoky Mountain Boys, recorded such country music hits as "The Wabash Cannonball". Known as the "King of the Hillbillies", he also appeared in films, beginning with The Grand Ole Opry (1940). Acuff was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1962 - the first living performer so honored. Lightly worn on cover. Otherwise, fine condition.
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