Kitty Wells, Roy Orbison Recordings Honored by Library of Congress

Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and Roy Orbison’s ”Oh, Pretty Woman” have been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress to recognize recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” In an announcement made Wednesday (May 14), other artists recognized with the honor include Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Charlie Parker and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. “Oh, Pretty Woman” was an international hit for Orbison in 1964. Known as “The Queen of Country Music,” Wells recorded the song on May 30, 1952, as an answer to Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life.” Released as her debut single, the song spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1952, and she was invited to join the Opry that same year.