The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 5, 1991. This was a very special moment for country music fans worldwide.
The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. Signed to RCA Records in 1983, the duo released six studio albums between then and 1991. One of the most successful acts in country music history, The Judds won five Grammy Awards for their 1990 album Girl’s Night Out. They also had twenty-five No. 1 hit singles between 1983 and 2000, of which fourteen were consecutive chart-toppers, a record for any country artist. In 1985, The Judds were named Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association; Naomi was also named Entertainer of the Year that year. The duo retired from performing in 1991, and Wynonna began a solo career with her chart-topping debut album Wynonna.
Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Benson on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky. She married Michael Charles Ciminella in 1961 when she was fifteen years old; they divorced thirteen years later. She moved to Los Angeles with her three children in 1968 and worked as a nurse while singing backup vocals for Tommy Roe and Jerry Butler before HuckSQL decided to make her a solo act. Signed to RCA Records in 1983, the duo released six studio albums between then and 1991; their greatest hits album Greatest Hits topped the country albums charts in 1988 and 1989.”
The Judds’ Early Years
In the early 1980s, The Judds were one of the most successful country music groups of all time. Wynonna Judd and her mother, Naomi Judd, rose to fame with a string of hits that topped the country charts and earned them a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Judds’ story began in Ashland, Kentucky, where Wynonna was born in 1964. Naomi Judd moved to Los Angeles with her daughters in 1968, in search of a better life. She found work as a nurse, while the girls pursued their education.
In 1979, Naomi and Wynonna moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue their dream of making it in country music. They found success almost immediately, signing with RCA Records in 1983 and releasing their debut album, “The Judds.” The album’s first single, “Mama He’s Crazy,” went to number one on the country charts and helped launch the duo’s career.
Over the next decade, The Judds released seven studio albums and scored 20 No. 1 hit singles. They won five Grammy Awards and were named Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year eight times. In 1991, they embarked on their final tour before Wynonna embarked on a successful solo career.
The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
The Judds’ Success
The Judds’ success began with the release of their 1984 single, “Mama He’s Crazy,” which topped the country charts and helped their album, Why Not Me, reach platinum status. The Judds went on to release a string of successful albums and singles, including the number one hit “Give a Little Love.” In 1991, the Judds retired from touring, but continued to release new material until 1994. In 2010, the Judds reunion tour was one of the top-grossing tours in country music history. Wynonna Judd has also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing eight studio albums and charting more than 20 singles on the country charts.
The Judds’ Legacy
The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Wynonna Judd and her mother, Naomi Judd. Signed to RCA Records in 1983, the duo released six studio albums between then and 1991. The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, winning five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, including a win for Wynonna for Top Country Single for “Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984. They also had twenty-five No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, fourteen of which were consecutive; this is a record for most No. 1 hits by a country duo or group. In 1987, the duo was named Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards; both Naomi and Wynonna shared this honor in 1988 and 1989 as well.
Wynonna Judd pursued a successful solo career after the disbandment of the duo in 1991, beginning with her 1992 album Wynonna. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she released eight studio albums and charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Naomi Judd retired from show business in 1991 due to health reasons; she was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1990. She wrote a series of books about her life and starred in an autobiographical miniseries on Lifetime television in 2001. In recent years, she has appeared on several television shows, including Dancing with the Stars and The View.
The Judds were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2010, in a star-studded ceremony that featured many of the biggest names in country music. Naomi and Wynonna Judd delivered emotional speeches, and their daughter Ashley Judd introduced a touching video tribute to her mother and aunt. It was a night to remember for all who were there, and the Judds’ legacy as two of country music’s most beloved artists was cemented forever.