Women Music March — Day 2 — The Judds

Naomi (left) and Wynonna (right) Judd, taken in 2008

People always say ‘They [teens] need a good talking to.’
I’ve never agreed with that. A kid needs a good listening to.
~ Naomi Judd

There’s just no stopping those girls with guitars.
~ Wynonna Judd


The Judds were an American country music duo composed of lead vocalist Wynonna Judd and her mother, Naomi Judd. The duo signed to RCA Nashville in 1983 and 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, and nine Country Music Association awards. They also charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including fourteen that went to number one. After eight years as a duo, the Judds disbanded in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Wynonna began a solo career soon after, although she and her mother reunited on multiple occasions.

Early Life Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on 1/11/46, in Ashland, Kentucky. At age 18, she married Michael Ciminella and their daughter Christina (later known as Wynonna) Ciminella was born on 5/30/64. They moved to Los Angeles where Diana’s second daughter, Ashley Ciminella, (now known as Ashley Judd) was born on 4/19/68. Diana renamed herself Naomi and her daughters were also renamed before they moved to Nashville in 1979. 

Musical Beginnings In 1980, Naomi began pursuing a musical career for herself and Wynonna, making appearances on Ralph Emery’s local morning television show. In 1982, their break came via a chance encounter with Nashville producer Brent Maher, whose teenage daughter – a schoolmate of Wynonna’s – was injured in a car accident. Maher recognized Naomi from her television appearances and when Maher’s daughter was discharged, Naomi gave Maher a tape she & Wynonna had made. Maher started working with them and following a live audition, they secured a recording deal with RCA/Curb Records.


Studio albums


Live albums


Compilation albums


Video albums


Music videos






Box sets


Other appearances


One thing to share: Naomi Judd died by suicide after a long battle with her mental health on April 30, 2022, nineteen days after the final performance of the Judds and a day before the duo’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Official website: here


The Judds website


11 Comments Add yours

  1. I met Wynonna. She was one of the sweetest gals ever!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      How awesome is that! She does give the nice vibe. And what a voice!

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  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    They were so huge in the 80s…they really came out of the blue. I wasn’t a fan of modern country even then…but I liked them. Great harmonies and catchy songs. They dominated country radio at the time.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do love their harmonies. I remember their time in the sun.

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  3. Dale says:

    I love the Judds – all three of them 🙂 It was sad that Naomi left this Earth when and how she did.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do also, Dale. Yes, on Mama Judd 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  4. memadtwo says:

    I recently read an interview with Wynonna. She has had a hard time separating and becoming herself, and I think the suicide makes it even more difficult. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      😦 I can understand why.

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  5. I don’t know their music, but they sound beautiful together in that clip. I guess a mother-daughter duo isn’t very common.

    How sad that Naomi Judd took her own life one day prior to what was supposed to be a happy moment, i.e., the duo’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. One wonders whether that somehow may have pushed Naomi over the edge.


    1. msjadeli says:

      Whenever someone ends their life we have those questions. I hope she is at peace now. Yes those two had crazy good harmony with each other.

      Liked by 1 person

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