Kitty Wells albums discography

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Kitty Wells discography
Releases
Studio albums 36
Compilation albums 11
Box sets 1

The albums discography of Kitty Wells, an American country artist, consists of thirty-six studio albums, eleven compilation albums, and one box set. Wells' first album release was 1956's Country Hit Parade on Decca Records, which compiled her hits during her first four years of recording for the label. Prior to its release, many labels were reluctant to release albums by female country artists until Wells became the first female vocalist to sell records.[1] Following its release, Wells and her label issued three studio albums during the 1950s: Winner of Your Heart (1957), Lonely Street (1958), and Dust on the Bible (1959). After the success of Wells' number one single "Heartbreak U.S.A." in 1961, an album of the same name was released the same year. In 1963, her fourth compilation album The Kitty Wells Story became her first album to chart among the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums list, peaking at #7.[2] In 1964, her tenth studio album Especially for You became her first studio album to chart on the same list, peaking at #19.[3] The latter started a string of albums that would peak on the Billboard country chart during the 1960s, including Burning Memories (#7; 1965),[4] Lonesome, Sad, and Blue (#7; 1965),[5] and Queen of the Honky Tonk Street (#5; 1967).[6]

After collaborating with country artist Red Foley on a single, the pair released the album Together Again in 1967. The album reached #24 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.[7] The following year, Wells and her husband Johnnie Wright issued We'll Stick Together, whose title track became a minor hit. The duo also released a gospel album in 1972. In the 1970s, Wells' chart success began to decline and her albums remained absent from the Billboard lists. Before leaving Decca/MCA, Wells released Yours Truly, her final studio album for the label, in 1973. Wells signed with Capricorn Records in 1975 and released her thirtieth studio album Forever Young the same year. In 1979, Wells and her husband formed the label Rubocca Records, and Wells issued her final studio albums in 1979 and 1981 on Rubocca respectively.[clarification needed][8]

Studio albums[edit]

1950s[edit]

Title Album details
Winner of Your Heart
  • Release date: 1957
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Lonely Street
  • Release date: August 1958
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Dust on the Bible
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
After Dark
  • Release date: January 1959
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP

1960s[edit]

Title Album details Peak
positions
US
Country

[9]
Kitty's Choice
  • Release date: March 1960
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Seasons of My Heart
  • Release date: September 1960
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Heartbreak U.S.A.
  • Release date: May 1961
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Queen of Country Music
  • Release date: February 1962
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Singing on Sunday
  • Release date: June 1962
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Especially for You
  • Release date: January 1964
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
19
Country Music Time
  • Release date: August 1964
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
14
Burning Memories
  • Release date: February 1965
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
7
Lonesome, Sad, and Blue
  • Release date: June 1965
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
7
Kitty Wells Sings Songs
Made Famous by Jim Reeves
  • Release date: February 1966
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
24
Country All the Way
  • Release date: June 1966
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
9
The Kitty Wells Show
  • Release date: December 1966
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Love Makes the World Go Around
  • Release date: April 1967
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
28
Queen of the Honky Tonk Street
  • Release date: October 1967
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
5
Kitty Wells Showcase
  • Release date: March 1968
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
22
Cream of Country Hits
  • Release date: December 1968
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Guilty Street
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

1970s[edit]

Title Album details
A Bouquet of Country Hits
  • Release date: January 1970
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Singin' Em Country
  • Release date: July 1970
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Your Love Is the Way
  • Release date: November 1970
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
They're Stepping All Over My Heart
  • Release date: April 1971
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Pledging My Love
  • Release date: October 1971
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Sincerely
  • Release date: June 1972
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
I've Got Yesterday
  • Release date: October 1972
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Yours Truly
  • Release date: July 1973
  • Label: MCA
  • Formats: LP
Forever Young
  • Release date: January 1975
  • Label: Capricorn
  • Formats: LP
Hall of Fame, Vol. I
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: Rubocca
  • Formats: LP

1980s[edit]

Title Album details
Hall of Fame, Vol. II
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: Rubocca
  • Formats: LP

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
positions
US
Country

[9]
Family Gospel Sing (with Kitty Wells' family)
  • Release date: October 1965
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Together Again (with Red Foley)
  • Release date: August 1967
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
24
We'll Stick Together (with Johnnie Wright)
  • Release date: July 1968
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
30
Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright Sing Heartwarming
Gospel Songs
(with Johnnie Wright)
  • Release date: July 1968
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details
Christmas Day with Kitty Wells
  • Release date: November 1962
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
positions
US
Country

[9]
Country Hit Parade
  • Release date: 1956
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Kitty Wells' Golden Favorites
  • Release date: February 1961
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
Kitty Wells' and Red Foley's Golden Hits (with Red Foley)
  • Release date: 1961
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
The Kitty Wells Story
  • Release date: August 1963
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
7
Kitty Wells
  • Release date: November 1966
  • Label: Vocalion
  • Formats: LP
Kitty Wells' Greatest Hits
  • Release date: June 1968
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: LP
37
Country Heart
  • Release date: July 1969
  • Label: Vocalion
  • Formats: LP
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: MCA
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Country Music Hall of Fame Series
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
  • Release date: June 4, 2002
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details
The Queen of Country Music
  • Release date: June 28, 1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • Formats: CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nash, Alanna (2006). Will The Circle Be Unbroken? Country Music in America. Dorling Kindersley. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-7566-2353-1. 
  2. ^ "The Kitty Wells Story > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Especially for You > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Burning Memories > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lonesome, Sad, and Blue > charts". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ "Queen of the Honky Tonk Street > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Together Again > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Artist Biography - Kitty Wells". Countrypolitan. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Billboard chart positions > Kitty Wells albums". Allmusic.