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With daughter Wynonna, the Kentucky-born singer rose from anonymity to become the Grammy-winning toast of Nashville as the chief songwriter of the country duo the Judds. But by the early '90s and at the pinnacle of her career, Judd, 45, was in poor health suffering from hepatitis C. The duo embarked on a farewell tour called "Love Can Build a Bridge" in 1991 -- the highest-grossing country music tour that year -- and Judd "retired" from singing.
Of course, a performer is never really retired until fans forget about them. Judd kept front of mind by coming out of retirement for "special appearances" with Wynonna, including the 1994 Super Bowl halftime show and a millennium "reunion" concert in 1999, captured in a recording they released the following year, "The Judds Reunion Live."