Ruby Wright (country singer)

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Ruby Wright
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Wright circa 1966.
Background information
Also known as Ruby Wells
Born (1939-10-27)October 27, 1939
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Died September 27, 2009(2009-09-27) (aged 69)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1952–1970s
Labels RCA, Cadence, Kapp, Epic
Associated acts Kitty Wells
Johnnie Wright
Ruby with Roy Acuff, her parents, Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright, and her uncle, Jack Anglin as they played the RKO Palace in New York in 1955.

Ruby Wright (October 27, 1939 – September 27, 2009[1]) was an American country music singer-songwriter. Wright was the daughter of country singers Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright.[1] She sang with her parents as a young girl and at age 13, was signed by RCA Records as Ruby Wells because there was also a Ruby Wright who was a pop singer.[2]

In the mid-1950s, she became part of an all-girl trio, Nita, Rita and Ruby.[3] The Nita of the trio was Anita Carter of the well-known Carter Family.[1][4] Working with Chet Atkins, the young singers enjoyed some success on record.[5] Strictly a recording group, they did not make personal appearances or tours; Rita had a problem with stage fright which eventually meant the break-up of the trio.[2] After the trio disbanded, Ruby began singing with her sister, Carol Sue, as The Wright Sisters. They were signed to a recording contract by Cadence Records also under the direction of Chet Atkins.[2][6] Ruby also made some recordings as Ruby Wells with her father and uncle as Johnnie and Jack and Ruby.[7] Her most successful single was "Dern Ya", an answer to Roger Miller's "Dang Me."[1][2] She signed with Epic Records in 1966.[8] Wright recorded for Plantation Records and Scorpion Records, as well as other small labels during the 1970s.[2]

Wright died of heart-related illness on September 27, 2009, a month before her 70th birthday. She was survived by her parents, Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells; son, Larry Stephenson; daughters, Kitty Ervin and Corrie (Brad) Cluck; brother, Bobby Wright; sister, Carol Sue Sturdivant; 3 grandchildren, Kourtney Wingert, Kaitlin Ervin and Brandon Ervin; great-grandchildren, Max Wingert and Aaron Key.[1][9] Her father, Johnnie, died on September 27, 2011, exactly two years after Ruby's death.[10]



Year Album Label
1966 Dern Ya Kapp


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1952 "Over the Hill" (w/ Hawkshaw Hawkins) single only
1964 "Dern Ya" 13 103 4 Dern Ya
"Billy Broke My Heart at Walgreens"
1965 "Up the Path and In My Door"
"Adios, Aloha"
1966 "A New Place to Hang Your Hat" 72 singles only
1967 "(I Can Find) A Better Deal Than That" 69


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kitty Wells' daughter Ruby Wright dies at age 69". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ruby Wright". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Country and Western Records. Billboard. 26 November 1955. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Country Star Anita Carter Dies". CMT. 30 July 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nita, Rita and Ruby". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Sachs, Bill (10 March 1962). Folk Talent & Tunes. Billboard. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  7. ^ RCA Records ad. Billboard. 14 January 1956. p. 53. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Whisenhunt, Elton (23 April 1966). Nashville Scene. Billboard. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ruby Wright Taylor Obituary". The Tennessean. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Cooper, Peter (27 September 2011). "Johnnie Wright, country star and husband of Kitty Wells, dies at 97". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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