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Country music for the most part was mainly dominated by male artists for the first thirty years Country music was viewed as being masculine and too much of a butch western theme for women to sing In 1935 though a woman from Arkansas changed those views A singer and fiddler named Patsy Montana broke into the country music scene with a song named I want to be a Cowboys Sweetheart This record became the first female million record sale Her yodelling and western themes became well known across the country music world Although Patsy Montana never became as big of a star as many of her male counterparts of the time she became a role model for the women of country music that was to come The Carter Family who were making their mark in country music in the early 1940s also featured the voice of a females The lead singers wife Sara and her sister Maybelle did backing vocals and harmonies A church style group whose theme was God Mom and Hope exemplifies their certain Christian style of music Their image of family and stability are now known as twangy country music styles The Carter Family held a great impact on the Country Music scene in the 1940s Around 1952 women finally hit it big when Kitty Wells recorded It wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels This song became country musics first number one billboard hit This song was an answer to the Hank Thompson hit The West Side of Life which was recorded a year earlier Kitty was not typical of the female singers of this time she dressed and acted as she pleased like a cowgirl Her lacy outfits and cowboy hat were well known around the country music scene This rather quiet natured girl sang in a manner different than of the image others portrayed of her Wells was well known and respected throughout the fifties and continued
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