“You’ll Lose A Good Thing”- Barbara Lynn”

03 Oct


Barbara Lynn

(born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942)[2] is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.[1] She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” (1962).

Life And Career

She was born in Beaumont, Texas, and attended Hebert High School.[3] She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar, which she plays left-handed. Inspired by blues artists Guitar Slim and Jimmy Reed, and pop acts Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee, and winning several local talent shows, she created an all-female band, Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols.[2]

She began performing in local clubs in Texas.[3] Singer Joe Barry saw her and introduced Lynn to producer Huey P. Meaux, who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in New Orleans. Her first single, “

You’ll Lose A Good Thing

“, co-written by her and Meaux, was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studio with session musicians including Mac Rebennack (Dr. John).[4] Released by Jamie Records, it was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962.[2] The song was later recorded by Aretha Franklin and became a country hit record for Freddy Fender. Lynn also released an album, also titled You’ll Lose A Good Thing, which featured ten of her compositions.[2][3]


Posted by on October 3, 2016 in 1960s, female vocalists, nostalgic



2 responses to ““You’ll Lose A Good Thing”- Barbara Lynn”

  1. Thom Hickey

    September 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hard to overstate how good this is!

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    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    September 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm


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