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shania twain

Do you know this Country Music superstar??

*(Find the answer at the bottom of the web page)





Patsy Montana (1908-1996)

Her real name was Ruby Blevins

In 1935, she recorded "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" listen

She was the first woman in country music to sell one million records


Patsy Montana paved the way for women in country music




Kitty Wells (1919-       )

(Ellen Muriel Deason)

The first female country artist to have a Number 1 hit on the country chart.

"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"  listen

She was known as "The Queen of Country Music"

Here's the story of Kitty Wells' first huge hit



Hank Thompson had recorded a song called "The Wild Side of Life"

Kitty Wells was asked if she would be interested in recording "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" as a response to Thompson's song.

Her song expressed the sentiment that deceitful men are to blame for fallen women.

Kitty Wells had a very proper and old-fashioned appearance (gingham and ruffles) and at the time, it was not that acceptable for a woman to sing about these subjects.

The song was banned from The Grand Ole Opry and from some radio stations.  But, it was very popular and made Kitty Wells a star.



Then came Patsy.

Patsy did not fit the mold of a female country singer.  She didn't dress like a farm girl.

She wasn't quiet and modest and proper like Kitty Wells.

And she was overtly emotional.



Patsy Cline (1932-1963)


"Walkin' After Midnight"   watch


Do you hear those blue notes

 and jazz rhythms?


(More about Patsy's crossover factor in another lecture!)


No gingham and lace here!


The women of country music had a new direction!





These ladies are legends in Country Music


Tammy Wynette

(1942 - 1998)


Loretta Lynn

(1934-     )


First woman to receive Entertainer of the Year award

Dolly Parton

(1946-     )




CMT (Country Music Television) has ranked female Country Music Artists.  Do you agree with their list??

The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music

 40Linda Ronstadt
 39LeAnn Rimes
 38Barbara Mandrell
 37K.T. Oslin
 36Lucinda Williams
 35Wanda Jackson
 34Dale Evans
 33Crystal Gayle
 32Cindy Walker
 31June Carter Cash
 30Pam Tillis
 29Lynn Anderson
 28Brenda Lee
 27Lorrie Morgan
 26k.d. lang
 25Martina McBride
 24Anne Murray
 23Dottie West
 22Rosanne Cash
 21Mary Chapin Carpenter
 20Tanya Tucker
 19Faith Hill
 18Patsy Montana
 17Lee Ann Womack
 16Patty Loveless
 15Kitty Wells
 14Minnie Pearl
 13Dixie Chicks
 12Alison Krauss
 11The Judds
 10Trisha Yearwood
 09Connie Smith
 08Mother Maybelle Carter
 07Shania Twain
 06Reba McEntire
 05Emmylou Harris
 04Dolly Parton
 03Loretta Lynn
 02Tammy Wynette
 01Patsy Cline

*Answer to superstar question at top of page:  Shania Twain!!


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