Why Not Me (album)

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Why Not Me
Studio album by the Judds
Released October 15, 1984
Recorded Creative Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 32:41
Label RCA Records/Curb
Producer Brent Maher
the Judds chronology
Wynonna & Naomi
(1983)Wynonna & Naomi1983
Why Not Me
Rockin' with the Rhythm
(1985)Rockin' with the Rhythm1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Why Not Me is the first studio album by American country duo the Judds, released by RCA Records in 1984.

Why Not Me includes the duo's first Billboard number one single on the Country music charts, "Mama He's Crazy".[2] That single was first released on their 1983 EP release The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi. Three more singles from the album reached number 1 on the country charts: "Why Not Me", "Girls Night Out", and "Love Is Alive".[2]

The song "Why Not Me" went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986, as did "Mama He's Crazy" in 1985.

The album was produced by Brent Maher and arranged by Don Potter. Maher and Potter have had a hand in each Judds' album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Why Not Me" (Harlan Howard, Sonny Throckmorton, Brent Maher) - 3:29
  2. "Mr. Pain" (Kent Robbins, Naomi Judd) - 3:17
  3. "Drops of Water" (Bill LaBounty, Roy Freeland) - 3:24
  4. "Sleeping Heart" (Don Potter, Rhonda "Kye" Fleming Gill) - 3:03
  5. "My Baby's Gone" (Dennis Linde) - 2:48
  6. "Bye Bye Baby Blues" (Howard, Throckmorton, Maher) - 2:52
  7. "Girls' Night Out" (Maher, Jeff H. Bullock) - 2:50
  8. "Love Is Alive" (Robbins) - 3:54
  9. "Endless Sleep" (Jody Reynolds, Dolores Nance) - 3:06
  10. "Mama He's Crazy" (Kenny O'Dell) - 3:14


As listed in liner notes[3]

The Judds[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 71
Canadian RPM Top Albums 78


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b BB Charted Singles.xls
  3. ^ Why Not Me (CD). The Judds. Curb/RCA Records. 1984. 5319. 
Preceded by
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 2–16, 1985
Succeeded by
Country Boy
by Ricky Skaggs