The duo eventually broke up in 1991 due to concerns about Naomi’s hepatitis C diagnosis, but tensions were already brewing between the pair. First, Wynonna remained in the dark about her biological father for most of her life, as she believed that Naomi’s first husband Michael Ciminella was her father.
However, Naomi became pregnant with Wynonna by her boyfriend, Charles Jordan, who left her before the baby was born. Naomi then married Michael and the couple had Ashley Judd in 1968 before they separated four years later. Naomi ended up raising two daughters alone before meeting the love of her life.
Enter Larry Strickland. Naomi’s second husband, whom she married on May 6, 1989, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1946 to a preacher’s family. “We have common roots,” Naomi once said in an interview with Country Fancast. “Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue collar. Every summer he worked on tobacco plantations. My dad had his own gas station and he taught me to be hardworking. Larry is the humblest person I have ever met.”
Happy Anniversary Naomi Judd! Today (May 6) the singer celebrates the 32nd anniversary of her marriage to her husband Larry Strickland.
Naomi Judd net worth $25 million and Strickland married in Christ Church, Nashville in 1989, and both of Judd’s daughters, Ashley Judd and Winona Judd, were bridesmaids. In addition to her duties as a bridesmaid, Winona Judd also performed during the ceremony alongside band member Don Potter.
Naomi Judd’s marriage to Strickland is her second; she was previously married to Michael Ciminella, father of Ashley Judd (Judd’s real name is Ashley Tyler Ciminella). Wynonna Judd was also given the birth name Ciminella (her birth name is Christina Clare Ciminella), although her biological father is Charles Jordan, Naomi Judd’s ex-boyfriend.
The marriage of Naomi Judd and Michael Ciminella ended in divorce in 1972. As for Strickland, the Kentucky native says she knows what made their marriage stand the test of time.
“We have common roots,” Judd tells Closer Weekly. “Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue collar. Every summer he worked on tobacco plantations. My dad had his own gas station and he taught me to be hardworking. Larry is the humblest person I have ever met.”
Judd, “Why Not Me” (1984)
The Judds, a mother-daughter duo consisting of Naomi and Winona Judd, released their debut full-length studio album Why Not Me on October 15, 1984. In 1992, the disc went double platinum.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, the Judds were a country music duo. It was then that their hits, including “Mom, He’s Crazy”, “Why Not Me”, “Girls’ Night Out” and “Love Is Alive”, absolutely dominated radio airplay, and they received a number of high-profile awards at CMA, ACM and Grammy. (Why Not Me helped them kick off their six-year reign as ACM’s top vocal duo). Brent Maher, producer of all five of the Judds’ studio albums, says that even after three decades, he can appreciate “how good the records sound.
“People tell me there’s a timeliness in Judd’s music that transcends any trend,” Maher tells Songwriter Universe. “I’m proud to have worked with Wynonna and Naomi to create music that lives and lives.”
“Rockin’ on the Rhythm” (1985)
Rockin’ With the Rhythm was released in 1985 as the Judds’ second studio album. Some of their biggest hits, including “Have Mercy”, “Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days)”, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”, and “Cry Myself to Sleep” are featured on this album, and all four songs took first place. The disc was certified platinum by the RIAA due to huge album sales.
Farewell Judd Tour (1991)
Shortly after the release of Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990, the Judds received devastating news: Naomi Judd had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, possibly infected by a needle while she was a nurse. The duo decided to end their collaboration and go on a farewell tour, as touring life was taking its toll on her health. Shortly after their split, Winona Judd began her solo career.