Kitty Wells

DESCRIPTION: "You ask what makes this darky weep." The singer weeps to remember Kitty Wells. The two were planning their wedding when she died
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1858
KEYWORDS: courting death nonballad
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,Ro,SE,So)
REFERENCES (17 citations):
BrownIII 411, "Kitty Wells" (1 text plus mention of 12 more)
BrownSchinhanV 411, "Kitty Wells" (2 tunes plus text excerpts)
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 57-59, "Kitty Wells" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brewster 92, "Kitty Wells" (2 texts plus an excerpt)
Peters, pp. 125-126, "Kitty Wells" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stout 60, pp. 80-83, "Kitty Wells" (4 texts)
Neely, pp. 223-225, "Kitty Wells" (2 texts)
McNeil-SFB2, pp. 166-168, "Kitty Wells" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 185-186, "Kittie Wells" (1 text)
Morris, #69, "Kitty Wells" (1 text plus a fragment)
Owens-1ed, pp. 145-148, "Kitty Wells" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #62, "Kitty Wells" (1 text, 1 tune)
Beck 78, "Kitty Wells" (1 text)
LPound-ABS, 94, p. 202, "Kitty Wells" (1 text)
JHCox 127, "Kitty Wells" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1199, p. 83, "Kitty Wells" (3 references)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 480, "Kitty Wells" (source notes only)

ST MN2166 (Full)
Roud #2748
RECORDINGS:
Vernon Dalhart, "Kitty Wells" (Victor 20058, 1926)
Sid Harkreader, "Kitty Wells" (Paramount 3043, 1927)
The Hillbillies, "Kitty Wells" (Vocalion 5018/Vocalion 5019, c. 1926)
Doc Hopkins, "Kitty Wells" (Decca 5983, 1941)
Bradley Kincaid, "Sweet Kitty Wells" (Champion 15502 [as Dan Hughey]/Gennett 6363/Silvertone 5187/Silvertone 8218/Supertone 9208, 1928; rec. 1927)
Pickard Family, "Kitty Wells" (Columbia 15141-D, 1927); (Conqueror 7517, 1930)
Ernest V. Stoneman, "Kitty Wells" (Okeh 45048, 1926) (Edison 51994, 1927) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5341, 1927)
Virginia Ramblers, "Kitty Wells" (OKeh, unissued, 1929)

BROADSIDES:
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(110b), "Kitty Wells," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Kate Wells
Katy Wells
NOTES: This piece was repeatedly published in the mid-nineteenth century. The earliest copy (1858) credits it to Charles E. Atherton; the same publisher in 1861 issued an "authorized" edition as by T. Brigham Bishop. A third copy, from 1860, credits the piece to Thomas Sloan, Jr.
From the notes in Cox, it appears that this began life as a dialect song, but many of the texts (including Cox's own) are now in ordinary English. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
File: MN2166

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