Naomi Judd of Country Music’s Most Famous Mother–Daughter Team Dead at 76
Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and television personality Naomi Judd of country music’s most famous mother–daughter team The Judds died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, at 76. The longtime country music legend is recognized as part of the duo that charted 14 Number 1 hits from the mid-’80s to the early ’90s, becoming the most successful female duo of all time.
While no official cause of death was reported, her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd issued a statement on Twitter regarding her struggles with mental illness.
Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) April 30, 2022
The Judds’ music parallelled the real struggles of life in the South, connecting with the working-class people who share the day-to-day challenges of life including love, relationships, family, and money. In some songs they reflected the very real early struggles of then young Naomi who gave birth to daughter Wynonna at the age of 18. The mother-daughter team didn’t last long; it was in 1991 that they disbanded the group with each of them pursuing individual interests. Naomi would go on to focus on her health and become a television personality along with writing, while her daughter would embark on a highly successful solo career that would lead to their last concert together in 1991 with a few one-off performances years later.
The Judds were about to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1.
The Judds’ top 10 hits:
“Have Mercy,” “Cry Myself to Sleep,” “Why Not Me,” “Change of Heart,” “Love Is Alive,” “Let Me Tell You About Love,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days),” “Give a Little Love,” “Young Love (Strong Love),” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” “Girls Night Out,” “Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues,” “I Know Where I’m Going,” “Turn It Loose,” “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “One Hundred and Two,” “Born to Be Blue,” “One Man Woman,” “Don’t Be Cruel”