Thou Shalt Not Steal by Kitty Wells (1954)

by alex on May 7, 2016

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Thou Shalt Not Steal by Kitty Wells

About the Song, Kitty Wells and song writer Don Everly

(Notes by eBay record seller “quentrol”)
Born Ellen Muriel Deason on Aug. 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee. Died of a stroke on July 16, 2012, age 92. Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. Married Johnny Wright on Sept. 30, 1937. Mother of Bobby Wright and Ruby Wright. Member of Louisiana Hayride from 1948-1951. Known as “The Queen of Country Music”. Charted 81 songs between 1952-1979.

Entered Billboard’s Top 40 Country charts many times with singles such as It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952), Paying For That Back Street Affair (1953), Thou Shalt Not Steal (1954), One By One (1954), Makin’ Believe (1955), Heartbreak U.S.A. (1961), among many others.

Kitty Wells was the first recording artist ever to record a Don Everly penned song (Everly Brothers) when in 1954 she released Though Shalt Not Steal written by Don Everly when he was just 17 years old and three years before the Everly Brothers first big single Bye Bye Love was released in 1957.

kitty-wells-thou-shalt-not-steal-45-record-don-everlySide One: Thou Shalt Not Steal

This was Kitty Wells eighth Billboard Hot Country Single entry of 81 entries. This historical recording was also Don Everly’s first ever composition to enter Billboard’s charts.

Historical first recording ever of a Don Everly penned composition is a mid-tempo country ballad with fiddle, light bass, steel guitar and Kitty Wells’amazing vibrato voice, nice steel guitar solo and depth of lyrics way beyond that normally expected of a 17 year old country lad such as Don Everly

Side Two: I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted

Mid-tempo country weeper with Kitty Wells amazing vibrato voice with excellent musical accompaniment especially the steel guitar player and a spoken-word bridge from Kitty Wells.

Label: Decca 9-29313

Pressed in: Canada

Canadian 1954 first pressing with black label, silver print and lines on both sides of the Decca name.

Subsequent pressings would have black label and silver print with lines and a star under the Decca name.

Year released: 1954

Billboard Top Country Single number: 14

Billboard debut: Dec. 4, 1954


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