Judy Lynn was born in Boise, Idaho, around 1938 or so per the Cowboy
Songs magazine in December 1957. She was all of 19 at the time getting
written up in a national hillbilly publication. She was part of a singing
duo back then in school, performing at various functions such as at civic
clubs or rodeos. She won several trips in competitions with singers from other
schools from around the country. She was also cheerleader for three consecutive
She got a bit of a break when some folks from the Grand Ole Opry were doing
a tour up in the northwest. The cast included Ernest Tubb, Ferlin Husky,
Red Foley, Jean Shepard and T. Texas Tyler. But Jean Shepard got ill during
the trip and the show manager, John Kelly had to find a replacement. He had
heard Judy sing with a Webb Pierce and Slim Whitman on a show in Boise and called
her and asked if she could take Ms. Shepard's place. She said yes and her parents
signed their consent to a contract for that part of the tour. As a result of that
fill-in, she did appearances with Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Lonzo and Oscar and
other stars of the Opry.
Then, she toured five full months in North Dakota, Minnesota and South
Dakota with T. Texas Tyler. Then, in mid-1953, she signed a 21 day contract
with KXJB-TV out of Fargo, North Dakota. Right after that, she headed over
to Minot, where she was starring on her own radio show over KLPM from 1:00pm
to 1:30pm six days a week.
In 1952, Judy was named "Queen of the Big Snake River Jamboree" where
she was part of a show with a famous cowboy singer, Gene Autry. And she
was all of 16 at the time that happened, which got her a lot of notoriety
in the northwest back then. For an encore, she got to perform with Rex Allen
at the same rodeo the next year.
In April 1954, she won the title of "America's Champion Girl Yodeler". And if that
wasn't enough, she was chosen "Miss Idaho" in 1955 and went on to Atlantic City
to compete for the Miss America crown.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.
- Cowboy Songs (December 1957); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.