Naomi Judd, matriarch of the singing family Judd, dies at 76


Naomi and Wynonna Judd began singing together in the late 1970s and became well known after appearances on the morning TV show of country music maker Ralph Emery in Nashville. At that time, Naomi Judd had already been through a marriage, survived sexual abuse and drug use, supported her daughters on social assistance, and became a registered nurse.

“When we got into country music, I was 35 years old,” Judd told the Dallas Morning News in 1994. When I got into country music, I felt like what I was doing was just communication.

The Judds reached the top of the country charts for the first time in 1984 and over the next seven years they recorded 14 #1 hits, including “Mom is crazy,” “Why not me,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” and “Love can build a bridge.”

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