Wynonna Judd 50th Birthday

June 1, 2014 by  

Wynonna Judd 50th Birthday, May 30, 2014 just happens to be a milestone in country music: it’s the 50th birthday of living legend Wynonna Judd.

You’re familiar with the basic history of the Judds – their humble beginnings, Wynonna and her mother Naomi’s rise to stardom singing together in the ’80s and ’90s, Wynonna’s solo career as well as their complicated family dynamics and other struggles.

But in honor of Wynonna’s big birthday, how about revealing some fun facts you may not have known about her in the half-century she’s been on the planet?

1. Her real name is Christina Ciminella. Yes, that’s absolutely nothing even close to “Wynonna”… so how’d she get her famous stage moniker?

In 1978, the Judds became good friends with Asleep at the Wheel singer Ray Benson. Benson christened her with the name “Wynonna” because one of his songs mentioned the city of Winona, Arizona. The nickname stuck – and she would later legally change her first name from “Christina” to “Wynonna.”

As for “Judd?” No big secret there: That was Naomi’s maiden name. The mother-daughter duo decided to both use it in1979 because it was “rootsier-sounding.”

2. She was actually a California girl for a few years. The singer lived in Los Angeles from 1968 to 1972 – and one of her best friends growing up there was the girl who’d grow up to be actress Mariska Hargitay. They attended kindergarten through third grade together; she says their friendship was one of the “bright spots” of her California years.

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