b. 1938, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 25 November 1990, California, USA. The youngest daughter of Patsy Montana, Rose naturally followed in her mother’s country music footsteps. She made her first public appearance at the age of four, when she sang ‘Danny Boy’ on the National Barn Dance on WLS Chicago. Eventually, she joined her elder sister Beverley (b. 1935, New York) and mother, who were then singing on WLS, and the three sang as a trio, until Beverley quit the music business. Judy also retired for a time but returned to work with her mother during the 60s, singing modern country songs as opposed to Patsy’s old-time numbers. They played extensively in the USA and Judy also built herself a reputation as a solo artist, making appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In the 70s and early 80s, she and Patsy made trips to Europe, where they proved a popular act. In 1977, they even recorded an album together for Look Records in the UK. A September 1988 tour to Europe had to be cancelled, when Judy was diagnosed with cancer. It seemed that the disease had successfully responded to treatment, when sadly, a recurrence resulted in her death in November 1990.
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