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Barbara Lynn

Singer/guitarist Barbara Lynn was a rare commodity during her heyday. Not only was she a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed -- quite well at that -- and even wrote some of her own material. Lynn's music often straddled the line between blues and Southern R&B, and since much of her early work -- including the number one R&B hit "You'll Lose a Good Thing" -- was recorded in New Orleans, it bore the sonic imprint of the Crescent City. Lynn was born Barbara Lynn Ozen in Beaumont, TX, on January 16, 1942; she played the piano as a child before switching to guitar, inspired by Elvis Presley. In junior high, Lynn formed her own band, Bobbie Lynn and the Idols; at this point, her musical role models veered between bluesmen (Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed) and female pop singers (Brenda Lee, Connie Francis). After winning a few talent shows and playing some teen dances, the still-underage Lynn started working the local clubs and juke joints, risking getting kicked out of school if she had been discovered. Singer Joe Barry caught her live act and recommended her to his friend, producer/impresario Huey P. Meaux, aka the Crazy Cajun.

With her parents' consent, Meaux brought Lynn to New Orleans to record at the legendary Cosimo's studio. Lynn cut a few singles for the Jamie label with the understanding that if none hit, she was to attend college instead of pursuing music right off the bat. In 1962, her self-penned ballad "You'll Lose a Good Thing" became a national hit, reaching the pop Top Ten and climbing all the way to number one on the R&B charts. Her first album (of the same name) was also released that year, featuring ten of her originals among its 12 tracks. Lynn continued to record for Jamie up through 1965, producing follow-up R&B hits like "You're Gonna Need Me" and "Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')," the latter of which was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965. In 1966, Lynn switched over to Meaux's Tribe label and cut "You Left the Water Running," which became something of an R&B standard and was covered by the likes of Otis Redding. In 1967, she signed with Atlantic and had another R&B hit with "This Is the Thanks I Get" early the following year; she also issued another album, Here Is Barbara Lynn, in 1968. Lynn scored one last hit for Atlantic in 1972's "(Until Then) I'll Suffer," but by this point, she had several children to worry about raising; dissatisfied with her promotion anyway, she wound up effectively retiring from the music business for most of the '70s and '80s, though she did play the occasional low-key tour.

Lynn returned to music in the mid-'80s, touring Japan for the first time in 1984; she later cut a live album there, called You Don't Have to Go, which was eventually issued in the States by Ichiban. Lynn had managed to retain a cult following among connoisseurs of American soul and blues in several different pockets of the world, and toured internationally during the early '90s. In 1994, Bullseye Blues issued her first full-fledged studio album in over two decades, So Good; Until Then I'll Suffer followed in 1996. Lynn later caught on with the respected blues label Antone's, and in 2000 she cut Hot Night Tonight, which featured a couple of raps by her son Bachelor Wise. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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macyoro1
Awesome!!!
I love this song! Mom always played this when I was little. Great singer!
#Unsung Would love to see a biopic of Barbara Lynn.... You'll Lose A Good Thing is my anthem ;) She's a wonderful singer and guitarist...
Good Southern r& b
Ill be good to u baby!! Cause if u loose me yull loose a good thing!
I'd LOVE to represent Barbara Lynn in a autobiograph y (Movie) maybe ;) #UNSUNG for sure
First rule. Your girl is always right. Second rule. When you think your girl is wrong
smack yourself in the head and remember rule number one.
now that's real R & B __-Barbara Lynn
Oldies will never die!!!!!!
You'd lose a good thing..... Just TRY daddy! #Unsung
I LOVE THIS SONG
Classes have begun for another quarter for me. ..♩.¸¸♬´¯`♬. ¸ ~More Music~I ♥ ..♩.¸¸♬´¯`♬. ¸

My classes this quarter are Anatomy and Physiology II and Data Processing. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN. My classes end.February 26th. I couldn't do this without ALL of my Pandora Pals. I love you guys.
Ilovethis soñg you go
Another great song and singer
Oh yea baby, you Lost a Good Thing!!
leroyawhite
This song has the same effect now as when I heard it for the first time. Let say it make one think twice
What is love ... that's a good question ... acually love has many many faces ... there's love for family/frien d s , platonic love for the opposite sex and of course passionate sexual love for the opposite sex ... love is respectful with great concern for the other person's well being ...
sergioserran o 2 2 0 8
What is love ?
Love if u lose me god bless u
Mrs.lyin. I remember hearning uour song if u lose me I
U lose agood thing in school I did.it.a school talen school won your.song are.my fVo








youngfrederi c k 6 5
this is a classic I love this song they still play it at all the steppin parties
good times with the older music....... .
I remember my uncle playing You'll lose a good thing like it was yesterday, Loved her then, Love you now. God Bless Barbara!
Her and my aunt madiline Boutte were best friends in our home town Beaumont tx , they named the street she lives on after her Barbra Lynn ! Her and my mom still live on that street ! Love you miss Lynn ! Julia's son Edgar
So very calming and hard felt
Lovely
rudownw/th//
btplumbing32 1
What a Great Error
I remember her growing up, She was great!
WE ARE OLDIES BUT WERE GOODIES MUUAAHH!
An oldie and a goodie !
"You'll Lose a Good Thing" is such a meaningful song, which I think is definitely 1 of her best recordings.
i crumble for motown seriously... r e m i n d s me of my mother getting ready in the mornings with her vintage rdio..
I grew up listening to Barbara Lynn rehearse her band in her garage. I lived one street over and could see in her garage from my backyard. We would sit in the back yard in the summer playing, listening to her sing, and drinking cold Kool Aid with lemon wedges. lol
i think it was beautiful no i know it was mis you girl
Became familiar with her after hearing "You'll Lose A Good Thing" on John Waters' Hairspray. He said this is one of his all-time favorite songs. I Love it too.
super great!!! i think this my be won of those a lot of you might have missed take note she can always hit a nerve when you least expect it
cbwasher
To bad she didn't make mor album I would have love to have heard her.

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