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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Too Hot To Hold

1. Give Him His Freedom

2. You Left The Water Running

3. Nice And Easy

4. Until I'm Free

5. One Man Woman

6. Too Hot To Hold

7. It Ain't No Good To Be Good

8. Take Your Time

9. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

10. Poor Ole Trashman

11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

12. Sugar Coated Love

13. Shed So Many Tears

14. You Better Get Home Fast

15. Thanks I Get

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Track List: The Jamie Singles Collection 1962-1965

Disc 1

1. You'll Lose A Good Thing

2. Lonely Heartache

3. Second Fiddle Girl

4. Letter To Mommy And Daddy

5. I'm Sorry I Met You

6. You're Gonna Need Me

7. Don't Be Cruel

8. You Can't Be Satisfied

9. To Love Or Not To Love

10. Promises

11. (I Cried At) Laura's Wedding

12. You Better Stop

13. Dedicate The Blues To Me

14. Everybody Loves Somebody

15. Money

16. Jealous Love

Disc 2

1. Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')

2. Unfair

3. Don't Spread It Around

4. Let Her Knock Herself Out

5. It's Better To Have It

6. People Gonna Talk

7. (Don't Pretend) Just Lay It On The Line

8. Careless Hands (With Lee Maye)

9. I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take

10. Keep On Pushing Your Luck

11. Can't Buy My Love

12. That's What A Friend Will Do

13. All I Need Is Your Love

14. You're Gonna Be Sorry

15. Silly Of Me

16. That's Something I Can't Take

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Track List: You'll Lose A Good Thing

1. Second Fiddle Girl

2. Give Me A Beak

3. Dina And Petrina

4. Lonely Heartaches

5. You Don't Sleep At Night

6. I'm Sorry I Met You

7. You'll Lose A Good Thing

8. Heartbreaking Years

9. Teenage Blues

10. What I Need Is Love

11. You Don't Have To Go

12. Letter To Mommy And Daddy

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Track List: Hot Night Tonight

1. You're The Man

2. I Love To Make Love

3. I Let A Good Man Go

4. Never Found A Man

5. Hot Night Tonight

6. Don't Hit Me No More

7. Hear From My Daddy

8. When Something's Wrong

9. It's Been So Long

10. Lynn's Blues

11. You're The Man

12. What I Need Is Love

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Track List: Voices Of Americana: Barbara Lynn

1. Shed So Many Tears

2. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

3. You Better Get Here Fast

4. Sugar Coated Love

5. It Won’t Be Long

6. I’m A Good Woman

7. Nice And Easy

8. You Left The Water Running

9. Give Him His Freedom

10. Take Your Time

11. Thanks I Get

12. Daddy Hot Stuff

13. Until I’m Free

14. Poor Old Trashman

15. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

16. I Warned You Baby

17. It Ain’t No Good To Be Good

18. One Man Woman

19. Nice And Easy (Alternate Take)

20. I’m A Good Woman (Alternate Take)

21. Poor Old Trashman (Alternate Take)

22. You Left The Water Running (Alternate Take)

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Track List: So Good

1. Guilty

2. Can I Change My Mind

3. Crazy 'Bout You

4. The Payback

5. I Love You Babe

6. You're The Man

7. So Good

8. This Is The Thanks I Get

9. Sweet Sixteen

10. I Want Your Love Again

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Track List: Here Is Barbara Lynn

1. You'll Lose A Good Thing

2. Take Your Love And Run

3. Maybe We Can Slip Away

4. Sure Is Worth It

5. Only You Know How To Love Me

6. I'll Suffer

7. You're Losing Me

8. Sufferin City

9. Multiplying Pain

10. Why Can't You Love Me

11. Mix It Up Baby

12. This Is The Thanks I Get

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She could do it all this is one talent lady
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Yoy go lady u sound good
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You'll lose a good thing.... Oh well baby you could have it
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Want kiss saying goodbye.... You'll will walk away in heaves
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Love this song...
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You'll lose a good thing was on hairspray
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Hi, Blugirl, Hmmmm D.J. from S.A.* Tx.
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Hmmmm
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You'll lose a good thing ...
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I want to get next to?
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sherman52 that was my GIRL
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That's all i do !!!!!
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Truly you do t see Entertainer like my GIRL!! Anymore . This is the last of thee REAL DEAL HERE!!��
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I don't want to lose me you lose a good thing I want a good life with you my darling I want you because my love is true my Mike love mimi
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I will hold you in my arms if you cry I will kiss them away mike
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you will not lose me I will always be here for you my baby mike
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nedwards711
Reminding me of my grandmother, RIP, Ms Hattie Glover, SMA.
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Enough said
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You'll lose a good thing .... That's right oh well
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You'll Lose A Good Thing ... That's right you'll lose a damn good thing ...
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Heyyy...???? You .... Talk to me.seems that im Allways thinking of you..~`´~}
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Love it when you Talk to me that way so don't stop now cause I love it
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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I lost a real good thing and never got it back
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She sends a very good siglal......
don't leave a good thing....you may not be able to get it back.....
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thank you for the good days
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Not a big blues fan....but i am going to order the cd listed Midnight Blues just because I like this song You'll Lose A Good Thing.
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Best music ever
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One of my favorite soul hits of yesteryear. What a voice!
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I love the blues .
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AyyE check it out ive wasted enough waisted enough time waiting forbyou to hopefully realize my live is real.. I cant wait anymore. ANTuts over, im done. And im gone. Good luck. Peace!! Im very serioys, on BIBLE.
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This oldie ' is on POINT♡♡
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Don't. Try it mijo!����
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Seventh grade dance with the nunns watching
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Recuerda chaparrita those days. Nomas las memories kedan O Yeah
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Baby we will be together again! Love always JOSE & LINDA FLORES!!! R.I.P. JOSE
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I love this song so many memories
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Great
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You'll lose a good thing
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Love
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Fantastic music!!
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I've always liked this song...now I love it!
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Oldies but goodies
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Love this song
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Great song!
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LOVE THIS SONG
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She keep real music
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:)
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I JUST LOST U FOR MY STUPIDEST!!! SORRY!!
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