The True Story of Naomi, Wynonna, and AshleyBook - 1998
In the words of Time magazine, "Naomi's never-say-die determination took her from pregnant teen bride to divorced welfare mother to driving force behind the now successful mother-daughter phenomenon known as "The Judds." Now daughter Ashley is taking the limelight as a movie star.
It is all here, from the early days when the marriage of Diana Ciminella crumbled and Diana and her daughters moved from Hollywood to Morrill, Kentucky. She brought along an old guitar a friend had given her. She took back her maiden name, Judd. She also changed her given name to Naomi, taken from the biblical story of Ruth, and her oldest daughter's name to Wynonna, from the name of the town in the song "Route 66."
Their big break came when a local record producer discovered Naomi and Wynonna and arranged a recording contract for them in March of 1983. Then came the release of their single record, Had A Dream, followed by Mama He's Crazy, which astonished everyone by winning the 1984 Grammy Award for the best country performance by a duo. Wynonna had just graduated from high school three months before. On the heels of this amazing success, the Judds released their first album, Why Not Me, which immediately went golden, selling a half million copies, and won them another Grammy Award. Their next album, Rockin' With the Rhythm, came out at the end of 1985 and went platinum (a million copies sold) almost overnight.
Over the next four years, the Judds toured North America and Europe and produced six albums. By January 1994, they had sold a combined total of 20 million albums.
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