The country music legend, 92, died as a result of complications from a stroke. She was perhaps best known for her hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”

Sung in a gospel-inflected moan and backed by a crying steel guitar, Ms. Wells’s record spent six weeks at the top of the country charts and crossed over to the pop Top 40. The song’s success not only made her the biggest female country music star of the postwar era; it also persuaded record executives in Nashville to offer recording contracts to other women. (Music labels had until then not thought female singers were worth the investment.)

Ms. Wells went on to become a prototype for generations of female singers, from Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton to Iris DeMent. The renowned song publisher Fred Rose anointed her the Queen of Country Music.

Fellow country music stars took to Twitter to pay their respects:

Wells had a lot of fans in the Twitterverse, as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes.