Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kitty Wells RIP

After a relatively quiet period in terms of music deaths we now have news of three notable artists who have died.
Kitty Wells, who has died aged 92, was the original Queen of Country with many country hits during the fifties and early sixties. The first was the early feminist song It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, an answer song to Hank Thompson's Wild Side of Life. Nashville-born Kitty went on to have further US hits with Paying For That Back Street Affair (another answer song, this time to Webb Pierce's original), Hey Joe, Cheatin's A Sin, the massive Making Believe, Lonely Side Of Town and Heartbreak USA (with the Jordanaires). The singles hits dried up but she continued to make big selling albums such as Especially For You during the mid sixties. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYij4OpOY6E
Another death is that of Bob Babbitt, best known as bass player with Motown's house band, the Funk Brothers and as a member of MSFB. Hits that featured his playing include Signed Sealed and Delivered, War, Tears Of A Clown and Ball Of Confusion. He was 74.
Also no more is Jon Lord, keyboardist with Deep Purple, who was 71.
The Vinly Word raises a glass to all of them, and to veteran British comedian Eric Sykes, who died recently aged 89.


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