“Mama he’s crazy”, song written by Kenny O’Dell, was recorded by the duo The Judds (Naomi Judd & Wynonna Judd) for the RCA / Curb label, on March 27, 1983, at Creative Workshop, 2804 Azalea Ave. , Nashville, TN, in the same session 6 other songs were recorded, The Judds, were accompanied in the session by: Don Potter (guitar), Mark Casstevens (rythm guitar and harmonica), Sonny Garrish (steel and dobro), Jack Williams (bass), Eddie Bayers (drums), Bobby Ogdin and Gene Sisk (piano). With the production of Brent Maher, the song was released in April 1984, and on August 4, 1984, it reached # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, spending a total of 23 weeks on the charts. The Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts also peaked at # 1 on August 18, 1984. It was the first number one in The Judds’ career.
It was only the second country number one sung by a female duo; previously only The Davis Sisters featuring Skeeter Davis had made it to number one on the country chart in 1953 with their song “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know”.
The song was first included in the 6-song Ep format, Wynonna And Naomi (RCA / Curb 1984), which was released in January 1984. Later the song was featured on The Judds’ first studio album, Why Not Me (RCA / Curb 1984), the album was released on October 15, 1984, on February 2, 1985, it reached # 1 on the US Top Country Albums charts, remaining a total of 195 weeks on the charts. Canadian RPM Top Albums, reached # 78.The album was certified double platinum in the USA and platinum in Canada.
In 1984 the duo Pinkard & Bowden made a parody of the song titled, “Mama, She’s Lazy”, which peaked at # 39 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, the song was included on the album, PG-13 ( Warner 1985).
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