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It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
by Dolly Parton
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" is a 1952 country song written by J. D. "Jay" Miller, and originally recorded by Kitty Wells. It was an answer song to the Hank Thompson hit "The Wild Side of Life."

The song — which blamed unfaithful men for creating unfaithful women[1] — became the first No. 1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. In addition to helping establish Wells as country music's first major female star, "It Wasn't God..." paved the way for other female artists, particularly Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette,[1] and songs where women defied the typical stereotype of being submissive to men and putting up with their often unfaithful ways.


Cover versions

Several cover versions of the song have been recorded, including the following:

In 1971, Lynn Anderson also recorded a version of the song that became a Top 20 hit for her, for the album Songs That Made Country Girls Famous.[6]
In 1973, Skeeter Davis recorded the song for her album The Hillbilly Singer.
In 1981, the two songs ("Wild Side of Life" and "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels") were combined into a duet by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter on their album Leather and Lace. That song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[6]
In 1985, The two songs were also covered by the folk / rockabilly band The Knitters (a side project of the seminal LA punk band X) on a compilation album "Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 3."
Wells made a cameo guest-vocalist appearance on a cover version recorded by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, for the album Honky Tonk Angels and released as a single.[12] Wells also appeared in a video for the song, which has aired on The Nashville Network, CMT and Great American Country.
Early in her career, a then little known Parton also recorded a solo version of the song, including it on a 1963 Kitty Wells/Patsy Cline tribute album.
In 2014, Lasse Stefanz covered the song as "Älska, glömma och förlåta" on their Honky Tonk Rebels album.
1963 - United States - from a 1963 Kitty Wells / Patsy Cline tribute album
Posted: 30th March 2018
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