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The Penguin Discography: It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

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It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
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J(oseph) D. Miller

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Performance #1:
Running Time 2:40
Performers Kitty Wells (Vocals)
Commentsby Kitty Wells. Recorded in 1952.
Appears On
Respect: A Century Of Women In Music (1999)
Various Artists
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1997-06-11
Performers Hank Thompson (Lead Vocal), Kitty Wells (Lead Vocal), Tanya Tucker (Lead Vocal), Dennis (W.) Morgan (Rhythm Acoustic Guitar), Bill Millet (Rhythm Acoustic Guitar), Thom Bresh (Travis-Style Electric Guitar), Ron Blakley (Stand-Up Steel Guitar), Tom Lewis (Drums), Jay Weaver (Upright Bass), Mark (T.) Jordan (Piano), Buddy Spicher (Fiddle), Jimmy Clark (Fiddle), Robert Bowlin (Fiddle), Bill Millet (Produced By), Bill Millet (Arranged By), Hank Thompson (Arranged By), Randy Merriman/Merryman (Recorded By), Chuck Ainlay (Mixed By), Mark Ralston (2nd Engineer)
CommentsWith/Featuring Kitty Wells and Tanya Tucker) Part 2 of the "The Wild Side Of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" medley track. Total running time of track is 4:30 Recorded at Dream Street Studio, Nashville. Mixed at Sound Emporium, Nashville. Track & vocals recorded June 11, 1997 - 4PM. Kitty Wells appears courtesy of Wright Enterprises, Inc. Tanya Tucker appears courtesy of Capitol Nashville. Special thanks to: Wright Enterprises - Johnny Wright, Capitol Nashville - Scott Hendricks, Ansel Davis and Kim Stasiack, Tanya Tucker, Inc. - Tanya and Bo Tucker. "Whatever meaningful contributions I may have made to this industry, must pale by comparison to the profound effect of my recording of 'Wild Side Of Life.' Not so much what the song did for me, but that it spawned an answer song (not unusual back then), 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.' It catapulted a relatively unknown young girl vocalist, Kitty Wells, to immortal stardom. Prior to Kitty's emergence, female singers in Country Music (and all other forms as well) had only modest success. It is now academic to say that she paved the road. Kitty cut the ribbon to the freeway for those to come; Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntyre, Tanya Tucker and other super stars. Kitty Wells came into the studio and sang her signature song as well, if not better, than she did on the original recording. The clarity and charm of her voice project an exhilaration that is unmistakable. By contrast and compliment, Tanya Tucker added her saucy, and even sassy, retaliation. She put a sting to those lyrics so characteristic of her style and personality. And to think, Kitty and I recorded those songs years before Tanya was born. Who would have thought that someday we would all be here for this historic event. It makes us very proud!" - Hank Thompson... July 1997
Appears On
Hank Thompson And Friends (1997)
Hank Thompson

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