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.
3. Remember that Edwardian jacket she became famous for in the '80s? Wynonna started wearing it due to a celeb crush. She says it reminded her of U2's Bono, whom she was just "in love with." Later in her life, she would meet the famous frontman backstage at a show in Nashville, and the two became lifelong friends. In fact, they even began writing a song together (which they have yet to finish).
4. Another crush Wy had may not seem as surprising: actor-musician Dwight Yoakam. The two dated for a year after she saw him in the video for "Honky Tonk Man" and invited him to accompany her to the 1986 ACM Awards. According to her 2005 memoir, Coming Home to Myself, Wynonna believed she and Yoakam would probably would have gotten married if they hadn't been so busy with their fast-moving careers.
She also recalls that one of her fondest memories — to this day — was washing his skintight jeans, and then watching him lay down on the floor and zip them up!
5. Wynonna may not have won over Yoakam, but she has been married three times, and engaged four. Country singer Tony King proposed to her at an O'Charley's restaurant; however, they never wed. Her first husband, Arch Kelley III (with whom she had two kids, Elijah and Grace) was a boat salesman. She met her second husband, Roach, when he was hired as her full-time bodyguard.
And, as for her third — and current — hubby, drummer Cactus Moser, they met while she and mother Naomi were touring with him in the '80s. She told Us Weekly in 2012 that was smitten with him then, but explained that it was a little difficult setting up a rendezvous. "When you're touring with your mother, it's kind of hard to get a date. So we went our separate ways."
Of course, things all did work out, and the superstar will be celebrating her second wedding anniversary with Moser next month. Happy 50th, Wynonna!