Thursday, October 04, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Judds
Song:Mama He's Crazy
Album:I Will Stand By You: The Essential Collection
The mother daughter duo The Judds were one of the most popular country groups of the 80s. Mama He's Crazy was the first of their 15 number one country hits in 1984. Mother Naomi Judd was born Diane Judd Jan. 11, 1946 in Ashland, KY. She got pregnant at age 16 and the father took a hike. So she married Michael Ciminella and Wynonna Judd was born Christina Ciminella May 30, 1964 in Ashland, KY. They all moved to Los Angeles and then younger sister Ashley was born in 1968. The marriage split up in 1972 and in 1976 mom and the girls moved back to Kentucky. They lived in poverty for a time. But Christina started playing the guitar and singing with her mom while Diane was studying to be a nurse. After she finished school, Diane changed her name to Naomi and Christina was now Wynonna. They moved to Nashville in 1979. Their big break came because of Naomi's nursing job. One of her patients was the daughter of Curb Records executive Brent Maher. He arranged for an audition at RCA and they signed with both companies. Their debut album Wynonna & Naomi was released in 1983 and the first single Had A Dream (For The Heart) was a top 20 country hit. Mama He's Crazy was also on the album. But it doesn't look like RCA was happy with the album and Mama's He's Crazy also appeared on their 1984 album Why Not Me. It was their first of 15 number one country hits. Considering they are a mother and daughter duo, the song was perfect for them. It was written by veteran songwriter Kenny O'Dell who also wrote the Charlie Rich hit Behind Closed Doors. The Judds' success continued through the 80s. But by 1990, it became clear that Wynonna should go solo. Naomi announced that she had contracted hepatitis C and she retired from music. Wynonna released her solo debut in 1992 and she has been very successful. You can get all The Judds hits on this budget comp. Naomi has returned occasionally, most notably for a 2000 tour and CD. She is currently a motivational speaker. Here's the video for Mama He's Crazy by The Judds.