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Who Ruby Wright
When September 28, 2009
Where Madison, TN
What Kitty Wells' daughter Ruby Wright dies at age 69
 

Ruby Wright, the singing daughter of Johnny Wright and Queen of Country Music Kitty Wells, was found dead on Sunday at her Madison apartment. She was 69, and had been battling heart problems.

Ms. Wright’s best known single was her 1964 “answer” to Roger Miller’s “Dang Me.” Her version was called “Dern Ya,” and it was featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s recent Kitty Wells exhibit. Ms. Wright also recorded in the late 1950s as “Ruby Wells” in the trio ‘Nita, Rita and Ruby: The “‘Nita” of that group was Anita Carter, the youngest daughter of country music matriarch Mother Maybelle Carter.

Ms. Wright was often seen on television as part of the syndicated “Kitty Wells/Johnny Wright Family Show,” which began in 1969.

In recent years, Ms. Wright had been out of the performing spotlight. She recently appeared at her mother’s 90th birthday celebration at the Ernest Tubb Record Shops’ Texas Troubadour Theater.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield, Tenn., will be handling the funeral arrangements, which are as of yet incomplete.

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Contact Peter Cooper
The Tennessean


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