Kitty Wells has been crowned the First Lady of Country Music for her pioneering style and impressive string of hit recordings beginning in the 1940s and continuing into the mid 1960s. For most of her life, she had also been a regular on the tour schedule along with her husband, Johnny Wright. Ms. Wells was one of the very first female country performers to endorse a musical instrument, the Martin Guitar. This fact was acknowledged by the guitar company, which honored her with a signature model in the 1990s. Her impact on country music may never be fully realized, but calling her the First Lady is a good start.