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Monday, January 16, 2012

What'd I Say - Barbara Lynn

Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942, Beaumont, Texas, United States) is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, "You'll Lose A Good Thing"
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 P Meaux who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in Houston. Her first single, "You'll Lose A Good Thing", was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962, and was later a country hit record for Freddy Fender.

Soon Lynn was touring with such soul musicians 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 Theater, twice on American Bandstand, and had her penned 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 married for the first time at age 28 and has three children. While living in Los Angeles Lynn occasionally appeared at local clubs before returning to Beaumont, Texas (where her mother lived) to live and resume her recording career after her husband's death. She continues to reside in Beaumont.

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

In 2002, electronic musician Moby sampled Lynn's "I'm A Good Woman" on his album,
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