In continuation from our Senior Reviewer; Lesley Hastings, we have our next instalment for our new weekly series ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken?’. The team will provide a short topical piece, with a link to the previous piece. Last week, Lesley’s (twitter.com/lesleyhastings) piece featured Patsy Cine’s ‘Crazy’.
Patsy Cline was the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame which is no small feat. Here at Belles and Gals were all about championing women in the music industry and Cline paved the way for many women to follow.
Among the 2021 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame are The Judds who will be receiving the Modern Era Artist medallion. Wyonna and Noami Judd were a mother and daughter duo who rose to fame in the 1980s gaining 14 number 1 singles. Wyonna has a total of 19 number one singles to her name which puts her among one of the best-selling country artists of all time.
With hits such as ‘Mama He’ Crazy’, ‘Why Not Me’ and ‘Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout the Good Old Days’) the pair became known for their ability to combine folk, bluegrass and blues, trailblazing a new sound for the era.
Their story is one of rags to riches having moved to Nashville in the late 70s, struggling to make ends meet, the success of The Judds is even more poignant. Wyonna said “This moment takes me back to 1983 when Mom and I first started. We would get in the car and visit multiple radio stations a day. It kind of feels like I’ve hit the lottery. It is so surreal. John Lennon always said that he just wanted to be remembered, and now we’re truly part of history, or I should say HERstory. What an honor,”