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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " BARBARA LYNN " IS AN AMERICAN RHYTHM AND BLUES AND ELECTRIC BLUES GUITARIST. SINGER AND SONG WRITER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

                                   BLACK              SOCIAL             HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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]
Unusually for the time, Lynn was a female African American singer who both wrote most of her own songs and played a lead instrument. Soon Lynn was touring with such soul musicians as Gladys KnightStevie WonderSmokey RobinsonDionne Warwick,Jackie WilsonSam CookeOtis ReddingJames BrownAl GreenCarla ThomasMarvin GayeIke and Tina Turnerthe Temptations, and B.B. King. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, twice on American Bandstand, and had her song, "Oh Baby (We've Got A Good Thing Goin')" (1964) covered by the Rolling Stones on their album The Rolling Stones Now! (1965). She continued to record for the Jamie label until 1966 and had several more minor hits.[2]
In 1966 she signed to Meaux's Tribe label, and recorded "You Left the Water Running," which was covered by Otis Redding among others. She signed for Atlantic the following year, and recorded another album, Here Is Barbara Lynn, in 1968. She married for the first time, at age 28, in 1970 and had three children. This, together with dissatisfaction with poor promotion by the record company, contributed to her decision to largely retire from the music business for most of the 1970s and 1980's.[2] However, while living in Los Angeles, she occasionally appeared at local clubs, and released several singles on Jet stream and other small labels.[5]
In 1984 she toured Japan, and recorded a live album, You Don't Have to Go, which was released later in the US. She resumed her recording career after her husband's death, and returned to Beaumont, Texas, where her mother lived.[3] She also undertook further international tours, to Europe and elsewhere. In 1994, she recorded her first studio album for over twenty years, So Good, and released several more albums for various labels in later years.[2]
She continues to reside in Beaumont, and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.[3][6] In 2002, electronic musician Moby sampled Lynn's "I'm A Good Woman" on his album 18.

Discography

Chart singles

YearSingleChart Positions
US Pop[7]US
R&B
[8]
1962"You'll Lose A Good Thing"81
"Second Fiddle Girl"63-
"You're Gonna Need Me"6513
1963"Don't Be Cruel"93-
"(I Cried At) Laura's Wedding"68-
1964"Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')"69n/a[9]
"Don't Spread It Around"93n/a[9]
1965"It's Better To Have It"9526
1966"You Left The Water Running"-42
1968"This Is The Thanks I Get"6539
1971"(Until Then) I'll Suffer"-31

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  • 1963 You'll Lose A Good Thing (Jamie)
  • 1964 Sister of Soul (Jamie)
  • 1968 Here Is Barbara Lynn (Atlantic)
  • 1988 You Don't Have To Go (Ichiban)
  • 1993 So Good (Bullseye Blues)
  • 1996 Until Then I'll Suffer (I.T.P.)
  • 2000 Hot Night Tonight (Antone's)
  • 2004 Blues & Soul Situation (Dialtone)