Kitty Wells has our first Single Of The Day for 2019. We look back at one of her 35 Billboard top ten hits.
Kitty’s story is well known. She recorded in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, with little success, before finding gold with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in 1952. From that point until the late 1960’s, Kitty was a regular on the country music charts. One of the unique aspects of her career is that she is one of artists whose entire list of hits came on one label. Decca, in her case. There have been others; Hank Williams, Carl Smith, and Hank Snow all come to mind.
“I’ll Repossess My Heart” was a late 1964 release. It debuted in December in Cashbox and January in Billboard. The record climbed into the top ten on both charts, peaking at 8 and 6, respectively. “Ill Repossess My Heart” was Kitty’s 33rd of 35 top ten hits. It might have charted higher, were it not for some big hits that were charting at the same time. For instance, “You’re The Only World I Know” by Sonny James, Loretta Lynn’s “Happy Birthday”, Connie Smith’s “Once A Day”, and Johnny Cash’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe”. All songs that were charting at the same time and kept Kitty from climbing even higher on the chart.
1965 was the last big year for Kitty Wells, from a hits standpoint. She followed up “I’ll Repossess My Heart” with two more top ten hits, her final two. “You Don’t Hear” and “Meanwhile Down At Joe’s”. While the hits dwindled, afterward, Kitty continued to record for several more years, charting several more singles on the lower parts of the charts. Still, one of country music’s greatest vocalists, and one of the great songs of 1965.
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.