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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