Mama He's Crazy

Album: Wynonna & Naomi (1984)

Songfacts®:

  • The second single from The Judds debut EP, Wynonna & Naomi, this was the first of their 14 #1 country hits. The song was written by Kenny O'Dell, who is best known for writing Charlie Rich's country hit "Behind Closed Doors."
  • This was only the second country chart-topper sung by a female duo ever. The first was The Davis Sisters featuring Skeeter Davis whose "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" reached the summit back in 1953.
  • Brent Maher produced the EP. The Nashville producer/songwriter helped discover The Judds, helmed all of their albums, and co-wrote many of their classic hits. He told Songwriter Universe that Wynonna & Naomi was focused largely around "Mama He's Crazy" and another track.

    "We probably worked together for about nine months, just tossing ideas around," Maher said. "We came up with two songs that really defined the initial boundaries of the Judds. The first song was "Mama He's Crazy," which was your traditional, great country song, a mid-tempo ballad. Then there was "Had a Dream," which was a bluesy/country/rock song that defined the funky side of the Judds."
  • The song earned The Judds their first Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs noted above, "Mama He's Crazy" was composed by Kenny O'Dell; he also wrote two other songs that peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, "Behind Closed Doors", which Charlie Rich took to #1 for two weeks in 1973, and Loretta Lynn's "Trouble In Paradise", it reached the top spot for one week in 1974...
    In 1967 the Rose Garden took his penned "Next Plane To London" to #17 on the Top 100 chart...
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaUnderstand the title came from a line in a soap opera. One of my fav tunes of the Judds.
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