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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
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Country music icon Kitty Wells dead at 92

Country music icon Kitty Wells dead at 92

NASHVILLE, July 16 (UPI) -- Kitty Wells, known as the Queen of Country Music, died in Madison, Tenn., Monday from complications of a stroke, her grandson, John Sturdivant Jr., said.

Country star Johnnie Wright dead at 97

NASHVILLE, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Country music star Johnnie Wright has died at his home in Madison, Tenn., his family said. He was 97.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2006 with 123 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2005 with 123 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2004 with 123 to follow.
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Loretta Lynn lauds Jack White as producer

NASHVILLE, April 23 (UPI) -- Music legend Loretta Lynn has said The White Stripes' Jack White reminds her of one of country music's most famous producers.

Songwriter Julius Dixon dead at 90

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Songwriter Julius Dixon, best-known for his 1958 pop hit "Lollipop," died in New York. He was 90.

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Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2003 with 123 to follow.
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Country Music News

Larry Gatlin born in Seminole, Texas, 1948. Ty Herndon born, 1962.
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Country Music News

Jimmie Osborne born in Winchester, Ky., 1923. Kitty Wells records Top 20 single, "There's Poison in Your Heart," 1955.
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Ellen Muriel Deason (born August 30, 1919), known professionally as Kitty Wells, is an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

Wells's success in the 1950s and 1960s was so enormous that she still ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of the Billboard country charts, according to historian Joel Whitburn's book The Top 40 Country Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. Wells was the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, as well as being the eighth woman and first Caucasian woman to receive the honor. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; and as of 2011 - at the age of 92 - is its oldest living member. Wells' accomplishments earned her the moniker, The Queen of Country Music.

Wells was born Ellen Muriel Deason in 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the few country singers born in Nashville. She began singing as a child, learning guitar from her father. As a teenager, she sang with her sisters, who performed under the name the Deason Sisters on a local radio station beginning in 1936.

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