“You’ll Lose A Good Thing” – Performed by Barbara Lynn (1963)

Barbara Lynn – You’ll Lose a Good Thing (1963)

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Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby 16 January 1942 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American rhythm and blues guitarist and singer.

She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar. Inspired by blues artists Guitar Slim and Jimmy Reed, and pop acts Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee, she created an all-female band, Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols.

Singer Joe Barry introduced Lynn to producer Huey Meaux who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several labels in Houston. Her first single “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” was a #1 R&B hit and Top 10 pop hit in 1962 and was later a country hit for Freddy Fender.

Soon Lynn was touring with such soul music greats as Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, Al Green, Carla Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, The Temptations, and B.B. King.

She appeared at the Apollo Theatre, twice on American Bandstand, and even had her song “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” recorded by The Rolling Stones.

She married for the first time at age 28 and had three children. While living in Los Angeles, occasionally appeared at local clubs. After her husband’s death, she returned to Beaumont, where her mother lived, and began recording again. She currently resides in Beaumont.

Lynn was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.

Here is a very interesting interview of Miss Lynn by Amelia Feathers.  It was done soon after winning her “Pioneer Award.”  It’s a good read.

And here is a wonderful live performance of Miss Lynn’s biggest hit song. Do Enjoy.


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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Miss Barbara Lynn was extremely talented, I did not know she played the guitar. She is one the the greats.

  2. This is one of my mother’s favorite songs. When my father would do something to get her upset she would sing this song while doing housework. I thought it was funny because my dad would get really quiet.

    This is such a great site.

  3. Hi Hagar’s Daugher,

    Isn’t wonderful what great memories music can invoke? That was a great story. Thanks for sharing it and I thank you kindly for the compliment.

    Please stop by to visit anytime and often. I truly appreciate the time you spend here.


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