Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells’ 1952 recording of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” is the first song by a woman solo artist to go #1 on country music charts. That’s cool. But, also, that song is about the blatant sexism found in many country music songs by men. Ironically, the country music media confirmed this sexism by banning Kitty’s song, even though it was a direct response to Hank Thompson’s “Wild Side of Life.” In this game of tit-for-tat, the country establishment showed their true colors.

Kitty was one of the first ten women to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the only two country artists to receive that award before she did were Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.

Loretta Lynn

CR002 The Pill: Why Was Loretta Lynn Banned?

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Maybe you already know Loretta Lynn’s 1975 song about birth control, “The Pill,” was banned from radio upon release.

But do you know why?

The real answer is not what many would assume. 

Recommended if you like: Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Jimmie Rodgers, Dixie Chicks, Conway Twitty, KT Oslin, Garth Brooks, Sunday Sharpe, Lorene Mann, Jeannie C. Riley, Hank Thompson and feminism.

Also recommended if you don’t like: Barbra Streisand.

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