In June 2022, Wynonna Judd called into the Tupelo Elvis Festival and talked about her love for Elvis Presley with host Tom Brown. Wynonna and Tom had recently become friends a few months earlier in March 2022 when Wynonna showed up unannounced at the Nashville Elvis Festival that Brown produces.
At the show, Elvis Tribute Artist, Dean Z, invited Wynonna on stage to perform “Burning Love” with him:
Wynonna jokingly called herself “Sh-Elvis” (the female version of Elvis).
“I don’t think he [Elvis] was an entertainer, I think he was an interpreter,” Wynonna told Tom Brown at the Tupelo Elvis Festival in June. “He had more soul in his pinky, than all of us combined. He just was so raw and you never knew what he was going to do. I feel the same way about Loretta Lynn. You never know what she’s going to say or do, and there’s something lovely about that kind of moment where he would all of a sudden break into a knee shake and people would lose their minds because he was authentic and he was one-of-a-kind, and we are losing that in the music today.”
Watch more of the interview here:
Wynonna has a close connection to Elvis. Her stepfather, Larry Strickland, used to perform as a backup singer for Presley in the 1970s with the gospel group, The Stamps Quartet.
However, there is a rumor circulating on the internet that Wynonna’s mother, Naomi Judd, was a nurse for Elvis Presley in Memphis in the 1970s. That is not true. Naomi never lived in Memphis and she didn’t become a nurse until after Presley died in August 1977.
Ironically, many people have remarked that Wynonna and Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, look like sisters!
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