Divorce, Divorce, Divorce.  It seems like in the entertainment world (and the real world, for that matter), the 'D' word is everywhere.  Heck, if a couple can stay married for 5 years the general public is amazed it lasted so long!

And then there's the story of the greatest love story in the history of country music.  Heck, the greatest love story perhaps in the entire entertainment industry.

It's the story of Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells.

 

 

She of course was the first female superstar in country music.  Everyone who followed, from Patsy Cline to Loretta Lynn to Tammy Wynette to Dolly Parton, all owe a debt to Kitty Wells...and they all would have told you that.

Kitty's 1952 hit 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels' is more than a hit, more than a classic, more than a signature song.  It's a country music standard.

But wait...Johnnie Wright was no slouch himself!  Half of the popular 'Johnnie & Jack' country music duo, the boys joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1952.

As a solo artist, Johnnie had a #1 country smash in 1965 with the Tom T. Hall penned 'Hello, Vietnam'.

 

 

But hey, back to the 'Love Story'.  Did you know Kitty and Johnnie were married in 1937?  Yep, and did the marriage last?  Yeah, I'd say so.

Johnnie passed away in 2011...just 33 days shy of their 74th wedding anniversary!  Kitty died in 2012 at the age of 92.

It's not a great country music love story...it's a great American love story.

And now, Kitty sings the song that has become a standard in the music industry.