Remember the first time you heard The Judds’ first No. 1 hit? YouTube

It’s amazing to think that The Judds’ first hit was “Mama He’s Crazy,” the story of a man who adored and treated his woman so special. After all, this was being sung in part by Naomi Judd, a woman who in the years leading up to it had one man walk out on her when she was pregnant, another she divorced, and yet another who abused her.

But as they say, persevere and ye shall overcome.

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In 1983 through her nursing job, Naomi met a patient, Brent Maher, who was also a record producer. The day unfolded with him getting the medical attention he needed, and Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, getting an audition for RCA. Dubbed The Judds, the duo was signed on the spot.

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Their second single, “Mama He’s Crazy,” shot all the way to No. 1, taking its album, “Why Not Me,” along for the ride. As if that weren’t enough, not only did “Mama He’s Crazy” go to No. 1, but it also won the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

In fact, the album was so chock full of hits that the title track won the same Grammy the following year and on April 25, 1986, “Why Not Me” became The Judds’ first album certified platinum for 1 million in sales.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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