Kitty Wells

Guilty Street

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Kitty Wells was past her prime in 1969, but she still had her voice and could still put a song on the charts, at least the lower reaches thereof. She would never again have a hit as big as Guilty Street's "Happiness Hill," and even that didn't reach the Top 40. The title track charted as a single, too, but Wells' nasal voice was an artifact of the '50s and primarily appealed to the loyal remnants of her old audience. It is fascinating to hear Wells attempt pop songs like the Chordettes' "Born to Be With You" and Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)," but "Stand By Your Man" and "Daddy Sang Bass" are better suited to her sound. Jim Anglin from the Anglin Brothers wrote two of the album's songs, which will interest listeners who also follow the doings of Wells' husband, Johnny Wright.

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