Turn It Loose

Album: Heartland (1987)
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  • The fourth and final single from The Judds' third album, Heartland, is all about cutting loose and having fun - which is what lead singer Wynonna expected to see when the duo performed the tune in concert.

    "I really get aggravated at people that are cool and reserved," she said in The Billboard Book Of #1 Country Hits. "The person in the front row who's sitting there with his girlfriend, and everything - I'm always saying to people, 'Don't be so concerned with being cool.' 'Turn It Loose' is exactly that message - 'Excu-u-use me, but…' - and put on your shouting shoes. If you think about it, you go out and you purchase a pair of shoes, and they're really, like, outrageous, then it changes your attitude. Or you put on something that just makes you want to go out in the streets and direct traffic. That was exactly the song's message."
  • This was written by The Judds' producer Brent Maher, along with country songwriters Don Schlitz and Craig Bickhardt - the same team behind one of their other chart-topping singles, "I Know Where I'm Going." Bickhardt came up with the "groove music" and they got to work on a performance song for the duo.

    Said Maher: "We weren't thinkin' about a single or anything. We were just thinkin' it would be fun to write something like that, that we could have a real attitude about, and just have them really enjoyin' it on stage. We could almost envision them acting it out on stage while we were writin' it."
  • This was The Judds' 11th #1 hit on the Country chart. The album also reached the top of the Country Albums chart, making it their third consecutive album to do so.
  • Wynonna explained the significance of the album title: "Traveling gives us a chance to be so plugged in to middle America, to the folks that are the salt of the earth. The album Heartland, that's exactly where that title came from - the heartland, the people who are the foundation, who keep this great country running."
  • Although the album is a tribute of sorts to America's heartland, it made an impression abroad, where it was released under the title Give A Little Love. Shortly after The Judds toured in England, it went to #1 on the UK's Country Albums chart.

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