Personalities | The Judds | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocal duo, 1983–91)

The Judds were a rags-to-riches story. Divorced mother Diana took her daughters, Ashley (b. 1946) and Christina (b. 1964), to Nashville in 1979. In 1983, renamed Naomi and Wynonna, they clinched a record deal with RCA. Their lilting vocal harmonies warmed by the acoustic guitar of Don Potter resulted in 14 of their first 17 hit singles topping the chart, the first of which was ‘Mama He’s Crazy’ (1984). Naomi and Wynonna won numerous CMA Awards in the latter half of the 1980s, including Vocal Group Of The Year from 1985–87 and Vocal Duo Of The Year from 1988–90. Ill-health forced Naomi to retire in 1991, while Wynonna has enjoyed a successful solo career, selling over nine million albums.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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