THE JUDDS FACTS:
Members: Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd
Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky
Albums: Wynonna & Naomi (1983); Why Not Me (1984); Rockin' with the Rhythm (1985); Heartland (1987); River of Time (1989); Love Can Build a Bridge (1990); Big Bang Boogie (2000);
Awards: 5 Grammys; 8 CMAs
Hits: "Mama He's Crazy," "Why Not Me," "Girls' Night Out," "Love Is Alive," "Have Mercy," "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)," "Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain," "Cry Myself to Sleep," "I Know Where I'm Going," "Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues," "Turn It Loose," "Change of Heart," "Young Love (Strong Love)," "Let Me Tell You About Love,"
Other: Reunited multiple times since original breakup in 1991.
In the world of country music there have been few more successful duos than The Judds. The mother-daughter team of Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular acts throughout the '80s and into '90s, and despite breaking up, they occasionally reunite for widely anticipated shows.
The road to success for The Judds was not an easy one. They began performing in the 1970s, but were struggling financially, as Naomi was raising her two daughters by herself while trying to complete nursing school. When Wynonna entered high school, the duo began to put more emphasis on performing, and in 1983 they released their debut album, Wynonna and Naomi. Their first foray into the music industry was widely popular and featured several hits including "Had a Dream (For the Heart)," which peaked at number 17 on the Billboard country charts.
Though their debut was a hit among a small audience, their follow up, 1984's Why Not Me, earned them a much broader following. The record contained a bevy of popular tracks including the group's first number one hit "Mama He's Crazy." The album featured three other songs that reached the top of the country charts, "Why Not Me," "Girls Night Out" and "Love is Alive." The album earned widespread praise from critics as well as the band's first two Grammy awards.
Fresh off the success of their sophomore album, The Judds followed it up with 1985's Rockin' With Rhythm, which was also certified platinum. The record was considered to be the top country album of 1986, and included a string of four number one hits such as "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" and "Cry Myself to Sleep."
By the end of the decade, The Judds had cemented themselves atop the country music scene. Their 1990 album Love Can Build A Bridge broke into the top 5 on the country charts and was also certified platinum.
The Judds hit a skid when Naomi faced some health issues in the beginning of the decade, resulting in Wynonna carrying on a solo career throughout the '90s. However, the pair teamed up again in 2000 on four tracks on Wynonna's album New Day Dawning. Though their reunions have been sparse over the last 20 years, the duo announced in 2010 that they were embarking on a tour together, and they released a new single "I Will Stand By You" in September of that year.