Johnny Wright, Husband of Kitty Wells, Dies at 97

The couple was married for 74 years.

photo by Patricia Presley

Johnny Wright, husband of country singer Kitty Wells, has passed away at age 97 of natural causes at his home in Madison, Tenn.

Johnny married Muriel Deason in 1937 when she was 18; he later gave her the stage name Kitty Wells. The couple was married for 74 years. Johnny teamed up with Kitty and her sister Louise to form Johnnie Wright & the Harmony Girls.

Johnny was also half of the duo Johnnie & Jack with singer Jack Anglin; the duo formed in 1939 and performed for more than two decades. Their 1954 single “(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely” hit No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart. (When the duo moved to Decca Records in 1961, the label misspelled Johnnie's name with a “y”; the singer decided to keep the new spelling.) Johnny had a No. 1 solo hit in 1965 with "Hello Vietnam" while Johnny and Kitty released “We’ll Stick Together” in 1968.

In 1983, Johnny and Kitty opened the Family Country Junction Museum and Studio in their hometown of Madison. The couple had three children, daughters Carol and Ruby Sue and son Bobby.

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