Country Music Hall of Fame. "We are shocked and saddened by the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame today as a member of the @juddsofficial. Her family has asked that we continue with the Judds' Hall of Fame induction Today. We will do so, with heavy hearts." —Kyle Young, CEO
We love you both here at Country Legends USA.
Thank You, to Naomi and Wynonna, for many great songs, and memories.
Congratulations, The Judds.
She was 76."Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered," Ashley Judd said in a statement on Twitter. Ashley Judd's publicist verified the statement that we are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public," the statement added. "We are in unknown territory. "Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd, of The Judds, attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Singing legend reveals depression in televised interview (1996) Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s, eventually producing a string of major hits, including "Mama He's Crazy" and "Love Can Build a Bridge," and selling more than 20 million records.Younger daughter Ashley Judd later became a celebrity in her own right as an actress..over the course of seven years, The Judds won five Grammys and had 14 No. 1 singles, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.The Judds completed what was billed as a farewell tour in 2011, but announced earlier this year a 10-date "Final Tour" that was scheduled to begin in September.They performed together publicly for the first time in years earlier this month at the CMT Music Awards. Naomi Judd talks about her depression and 'break' from Wynonna. The duo was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd in Kentucky in January 1946, according to The Judds' official website.After the birth of her two daughters, the family moved to Tennessee, where Naomi Judd worked as a nurse. By 1980, she began pursuing a musical career for her and Wynonna, and making appearances on a local morning show, according to the website.Their first single, "Had a Dream (For the Heart)," released in 1983, reached No. 17 on the Billboard country chart. Their next single, "Mama He's Crazy," became the No. 1 song on country radio, according to the website, and won The Judds their first Grammy in 1984.The Country Music Hall of Fame described their music as "characterized by distinctive harmonies," with "powerful" lead vocals and acoustic accompaniments with elements of "traditional folk, blues and family harmony."A diagnosis of hepatitis C, a potentially chronic and deadly viral illness, forced Naomi Judd to retire from performing in 1990. "Love Can Build A Bridge," released December 1990, was the duo's final single, according to the website.In 2016, Naomi Judd opened up about mental illness during an appearance on "Good Morning America," saying she had been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. The singer said at that time she would "not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene."The same year, she wrote a book titled "River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope" explaining her struggles.Following news of her death, artists including country stars Carrie Underwood and Travis Tritt shared tributes on social media."Country music lost a true legend...sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We're all sending up prayers for the Judd family today," Underwood wrote.Tritt also shared his condolences to the family, writing in a post, "Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I've ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events."
Loretta Lynn is one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most beloved and celebrated members. She made her Opry debut in 1960 and was officially inducted as a member in 1962. And on Thursday, April 14, the Opry is celebrating her 90th birthday.
The country icon died of natural causes on Jan. 8, PEOPLE confirmed. He was 81.
Bruce had several hit songs over the course of his decades-long career, including all-time classic "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," which he co-wrote with his then-wife Patsy Bruce before the pair split in 1987. In 1982, he released "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had," featuring Lynn Anderson, which charted for 21 weeks and landed at No. 1.
That same year, Bruce co-starred in TV series Bret Maverick, alongside James Garner. The late icon also appeared in many fan-favorite shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger and The Chisholms. His music has earned him 35 Billboard spots, including six Top 10 hits.
Dec 12, 2020
Pride, whose rich baritone voice and impeccable song-sense altered American culture, died Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Dallas, Texas of complications from Covid-19 at age 86.
DALLAS, Texas. — Charley Pride, whose rich baritone voice and impeccable song-sense altered American culture, died Saturday, December 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas of complications from Covid-19 at age 86.
Born a sharecropper’s son in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934, Pride emerged from Southern cotton fields to become country music’s first Black superstar and the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“No person of color had ever done what he has done,” said Darius Rucker in the PBS American Masters film Charley Pride: I’m Just Me.
Pride was a gifted athlete who at first thought baseball would be his path from poverty, labor, and strife. But his musical acumen was more impressive than his pitching arm or his hitting skills, and he emerged as one of the most significant artists at RCA Records, with chart-topping hits including “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” and “Mountain of Love.” He won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, its top male vocalist prize in 1971 and 1972, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
His final performance came on November 11, 2020, when he sang “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” during the CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Music City Center with Jimmie Allen, a modern-day hitmaker who counts Pride among his heroes.
Charley Frank Pride was not the first Black artist to make important contributions to country music — DeFord Bailey was a star of the Grand Ole Opry from 1927 through 1941 — but Pride was a trailblazer who emerged during a time of division and rancor.
After a stint in the Army, time working at a Missouri smelting plant, and some unsuccessful attempts to break into big-league baseball, he came to Nashville in 1963 and made demonstration recordings with help from manager Jack Johnson.
Those recordings languished for two years until Johnson met with producer Jack Clement, who offered songs for Pride to learn. On August 16, 1965, Clement produced Pride at RCA Studio B, and the results of that session impressed RCA’s Chet Atkins, who signed Pride to a recording contract.
In 1967, Pride’s recording of Clement’s “Just Between You and Me” broke into country’s Top Ten, and Pride quit his job as a smelter. Iron ore was behind him, and platinum records lay ahead.
Between 1967 and 1987, Pride delivered 52 Top 10 country hits, won Grammy awards, and became RCA Records’ top-selling country artist. His musicality opened minds and superseded prejudice.
“We’re not color blind yet, but we’ve advanced a few paces along the path and I like to think I’ve contributed something to that process,” Pride wrote in his memoir.
Today, Black artists including Allen, Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens, Yola, and others add new chapters to country music’s story. Charley Pride’s impact is evident and important to all of them, and also to every other country performer who builds bridges with melody and sincerity.
Charley Pride escaped the cotton fields, where labor hurt his hands, back, and knees. He transcended and ascended through connection. Through fortitude and artistry, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a beloved American icon.
Charley Pride was the son of Tessie Stewart Pride and Mack Pride, Sr. He was the husband of Ebby Rozene Cohran Pride. His children are Carlton Kraig Pride, Charles Dion Pride, and Angela Rozene Pride. His grandchildren are Carlton Kraig Pride, Jr., Malachi Pride, Syler Pride, Ebby Pride, and Arrentino Vassar. His two great-grandchildren are Skyler Pride and Carlton Kraig Pride, III. he is preceded in death by brothers Jonas McIntyre, Mack Pride, Jr., Louis Pride, Edward Pride, and Joe L. Pride, and by sister Bessie Chambers. He leaves behind siblings Harmon Pride, Stephen Pride, Catherine Sanders, and Maxine Pride, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Philips School and Community Center, The Food Bank, or the charity of your choice.
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