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Barbara Lynn


Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby) was born in Beaumont, Texas, and attended Hebert High School She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar, which she plays left-handed.

She began performing in local clubs in Texas. 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" was eleased by Jamie Record and became a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and number 8 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962. The song was later recorded by Aretha Franklin and became 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.

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 1980s.

In 1984 she toured Japan, and recorded a live album, "We Got A Good Thing Goin'", 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. She also undertook further international tours, to Europe and elsewhere. In 1988, she recorded her first studio album in tow decades, "You Don't Have To Go", for Ichiban Records. This was followed in 1994 by "So Good" for Bullseye Blues. Her most recent LP was "Blues & Soul Situation" for Dialtone in 2004. It was ranked #10 on Blues Critic's "Best Of 2004" list for "Top 10 Retro-Soul/Soul Blues Albums". In addition to "You'll Lose A Good Thing" she scored further hits with "you're Gonna Need Me" (#13 R&B/#65 Pop), 'Oh Baby (We God A Good Thing Goin' On" (#19 R&B/#69 Pop), "Don't Sread It Around" (#35 R&B/#93 Pop), "It's Better To Have It" (#26 R&B/#95 Pop). "This Is The Thanks I Get" (#39 R&B/#65 Pop), "You Left The Water Running" (#42 R&B) and "Until Then I'll Suffer" (#31 R&B).

Album Discography

"You'll Lose A Good Thing" (Jamie 1963)

 Second Fiddle Girl 1:55
Give Me A Break 2:15
Dina And Petrina 1:56
Lonely Heartaches 1:56
You Don't Sleep At Night 1:53
I'm Sorry I Met You 2:24
You'll Lose A Good Thing 2:20
Heartbreaking Years 2:15
Teen Age Blues 1:35
What I Need Is Love 2:15
You Don't Have To Go 3:15
Letter To Mommy And Daddy 2:25

"Sister Of Soul" (Jamie 1964)

"The Best Of" (Jamie 1963)

A1 Letter To Mommy And Daddy
A2 I'm Sorry I Met You
A3 Lonely Heartaches
A4 What I Need Is Love
A5 You're Gonna Need Me
A6 Dina And Petrina
B1 It's Better To Have It
B2 Everybody Loves Somebody
B3 You'll Lose A Good Thing
B4 Dedicate The Blues To Me
B5 Give Me A Break
B6 I Cried At Laura's Wedding

"The Barbara Lynn Story" (Sue 1967)

A1 Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Going)
A2 Jealous Love
A3 You Can't Buy Me Love
A4 You're Gonna Be Sorry
A5 Don't Be Cruel
A6 Everybody Loves Somebody
A7 You Don't Have To Go
B1 You'll Lose A Good Thing
B2 Letter To Mommy And Daddy
B3 Don't Spread It Around
B4 It's Better To Have It
B5 Dedicate The Blues To Me
B6 Money
B7 All I Need Is Your Love

"Here Is Barbara Lynn" (Atlantic 1968)

You'll Lose A Good Thing 3:03
Take Your Love And Run 2:50
Maybe We Can Slip Away 2:12
Sure Is Worth It 2:08
Only You Know How To Love Me 2:08
I'll Suffer 3:03
You're Losing Me 2:17
Sufferin' City 2:28
Multiplying Pain 2:33
Why Can't You Love Me 2:28
Mix It Up Baby 1:55
This Is The Thanks I Get 2:25

"We Got A Good Thing Goin' (Recorded Live In Japan '84)" (Dead Ball 1984)

A1 Second Fiddle Girl
A2 Oh Baby
A3 Here I Am
A4 I'm Sorry I Met You
A5 Until Then I'll Suffer
B1 You're Losing Me
B2 New Way Of Loving You
B3 Letter To Mommy And Daddy
B4 Sweet Sixteen
C1 You'll Lose A Good Thing
C2 I'm In Love
C3 Laura's Wedding
C4 Give Me A Break
D1 You Don't Have To Go
D2 So Good
D3 Come Back Love

"You Don't Have To Go" (Ichiban 1988)

A1 You Make Me So Hot
A2 You Don't Have To Go
A3 Misty Blue
A4 We've Got A Good Thing Going
B1 Trying To Love Two
B2 Sugar Coated Love
B3 You're Losing Me
B4 You'll Lose A Good Thing

"The Best Of: Atlantic Years" (Ichiban 1994)

1 This Is The Thanks I Get
2 Ring Telephone Rng
3 You'll Lose A Good Thing
4 Maybe We Can Slip Away
5 Take Your Love And Run
6 Only You Know How To Love Me
7 Sure Is Worth It
8 You're Losing Me
9 Sufferin' City
10 Multiplying Pain
11 Why Can't You Love Me
12 Until Then, I'll Suffer
13 He Ain't Gonna Do Right
14 Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody
15 You're Gonna See A Lot More (Of My Loving)
16 I'm A One Man Woman
17 You Better Quit It
18 (Daddy Hot Stuff) You're Too Hot To Hold
19 You Make Me So Hot
20 It Ain't Good To Be Too Good

"So Good" (Bullseye Blues 1994)

Guilty
Can I Change My Mind
Crazy ' Bout You
Payback
I Love You Babe
You're The Man
So Good
This Is The Thanks I Get
Sweet Sixteen
I Want Your Love Again

"Until Then I'll Suffer" (I.T.P. 1996)

1 Forever 3:02
2 I'd Rather Go Blind 3:30
3 You'll Lose A Good Thing (Live) 3:52
4 Until Then I'll Suffer 3:24
5 To Get You Back Again 3:54
6 This Is The Thanks I Get 2:36
7 What Now 3:23
8 Tonight Is The Night 4:19
9 Let's Stay Together 3:26
10 Somebody Please 4:21
11 You're Gonna Need Me 3:49
12 I Like The Way You Love Me 2:56

"You'll Lose A Good Thing" (Bear Family 1997)

1 You'll Lose A Good Thing
2 Don't Be Cruel
3 Can't Buy Me Love
4 There's Something On Your Mind
5 Strange
6 Second Fiddle Girl
7 You Better Stop
8 Oh, Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')
9 All I Need Is Your Love
10 Careless Hands (& Lee Maye)
11 Dedicate The Blues To Me
12 Lonely Heartache
13 Letter To Mommy And Daddy
14 You're Gonne Need Me
15 You Don't Sleep At Night
16 (I Cried At) Laura's Wedding
17 You Can't Be Satisfied
18 Ring Telephone Ring
19 Everybody Loves Somebody
20 Dina And Petrina
21 It's Never Too Late
22 Teen Age Blues
23 Unfair
24 Don't Rush Me
25 Give Me A Break
26 Heartbreaking Years
27 You're Gonna Need Me
28 People Gonna Talk

"Promises" (Bear Family 1997)

1 Oh, Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin') (Live)
2 Silly Of Me (Live)
3 Jim Dandy (Live)
4 That's Something I Can Do (Live)
5 Dedicate The Blues To Me (Live)
6 What Am I Living For (Live)
7 There's Something On Your Mind (Live)
8 Careless Hands (Solo) (Live)
9 Oh Senorita (Live)
10 Just A Dream (Live)
11 Since I Met You Baby (Live)
12 (I Cried At) Laura's Wedding (Live)
13 I'm Sorry I Met You
14 To Love Or Not To Love
15 Don't Spread It Around
16 Jealous Love
17 You Don't Have To Go
18 Do You Feel Like Dancin'
19 I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take
20 What I Need Is Love
21 Promises
22 It's Better To Have It
23 Money
24 Let Her Knock Herself Out
25 Keep On Pushing Your Luck
26 All I Need Is Your Love (Outtake)
27 That's What A Friend Will Do
28 You're Gonna Be Sorry
29 (Don't Pretend) Just Lay It On The Line
30 You'll Lose A Good Thing (Outtake)

"The Crazy Cajun Recordings" (Edsel 1998)

1 Shed So Many Tears 02:44
2 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 03:01
3 You Better Get Here Fast 02:01
4 Sugar Coated Love 02:41
5 It Won't Be Long 02:30
6 I'm A Good Woman 02:22
7 Nice And Easy 01:51
8 You Left The Water Running 02:10
9 Give Him His Freedom 02:52
10 Take Your Time 02:06
11 Thanks I Get 02:25
12 Daddy Hot Stuff 02:18
13 Until I'm Free 02:06
14 Poor Old Trashman 02:35
15 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 02:33
16 I Warned You Baby 01:59
17 It Ain't No Good To Be Good 02:36
18 One Man Woman 02:27
19 Nice And Easy (Alternate Take) 01:59
20 I'm A Good Woman (Alternate Take) 02:23
21 Poor Old Trashman (Alternate Take) 02:39
22 You Left The Water Running (Alternate Take) 02:23

Jean Knight & Barbara Lynn "Bluesoul Belles Vol. 2: The Tribe And Jetstream Recordings 1964-1976" (Westside 2000)

1. A Tear - Jean Knight
2. (T'aint It) The Truth - Jean Knight
3. My Man, He's A Lovin Man - Jean Knight
4. I Have None - Jean Knight
5. I'm Evil Tonight - Jean Knight
6. You'll Lose A Good Thing - Jean Knight
7. Anyone Can Love Him - Jean Knight
8. Please, Please, Please - Jean Knight
9. Start A New Life - Jean Knight
10. Lonesome Tonight - Jean Knight
11. Love - Jean Knight
12. I'm Glad For Your Sake - Jean Knight
13. Don't Break My Heart - Jean Knight
14. The Last One To His Wedding - Jean Knight
15. The Man That Left Me - Jean Knight
16. Doggin' Around - Jean Knight
17. I Don't Want You No More - Jean Knight
18. I Have None - Jean Knight
19. (T'aint It) The Truth (1971 Remix) - Jean Knight
20. New Kind Of Love - Barbara Lynn
21. I Don't Want To Be A Playboy - Barbara Lynn
22. You Left The Water Running - Barbara Lynn
23. Until I'm Free - Barbara Lynn
24. I'm A Good Woman - Barbara Lynn
25. Running Back - Barbara Lynn
26. Watch The One (That Brings The Bad News) - Barbara Lynn
27. Club A Go-Go - Barbara Lynn
28. (Until Then) I'll Suffer - Barbara Lynn
29. Take Your Love And Run - Barbara Lynn
30. You Better Quit It - Barbara Lynn
31. Nice And Easy - Barbara Lynn
32. Disco Music - Barbara Lynn
33. Movin' On A Groove - Barbara Lynn

"Hot Night Tonight" (Antone's 2000)

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 (Bonus)
12 What i Need Is Love (Bonus)

"Movin' On A Groove Live In Concert" (Kev Roberts Limited 2000)

1 You Make Me So Hot
2 Until Then I'll Suffer
3 We Got a Good Thing Going (Oh Baby)
4 I Don't Want a Playboy
5 You'll Lose a Good Thing
6 Take Your Love and Run
7 Trying to Love Two
8 It Ain't Good to Be Too Good
9 Movin' on a Groove
10 This Is the Thanks I Get
11 You Left the Water Running
12 You're Losing Me
13 You Left the Water Running

Barbara Lynn "Blues & Soul Situation" (Dialtone) "Blues & Soul Situation" (Dialtone 2004)

1 You Make Me So Hot 5:08
2 You Donít Sleep At Night 3:38
3 You Better Quit It 2:53
4 Moviní On A Groove 3:48
5 He Ainít Gonna Do Right 2:53
6 Iím Not Doing Nothing Wrong 4:33
7 Iím A Good Woman 4:28
8 I Got Love If You Want It 4:29
9 Long Gone 4:32
10 Mattís Hatt 3:55
11 Money 4:26
12 (Until Then) Iíll Suffer 3:36
13 Sugar Coated Love 3:47

"You'll Lose A Good Thing" (I.T.P. 2006)

1. Somebody Please
2. You'll Lose a Good Thing [Rare Live Version]
3. Darlin Forever
4. I'd Rather Go Blind
5. What Now
6. This Is the Thanks I Get
7. Tonight Is the Night
8. To Get You Back Again
9. Until Then I'll Suffer
10. Let's Stay Together
11. I Like the Way You Love Me
12. You're Gonna Need Me
13. Merry Christmas Baby [*]

"The Jamie Singles: 1962-1965" (Jamie 2008)

1-1 You'll Lose A Good Thing
1-2 Lonely Heartache
1-3 Second Fiddle Girl
1-4 Letter To Mommy And Daddy
1-5 I'm Sorry I Met You
1-6 You're Gonna Need Me
1-7 Don't Be Cruel
1-8 You Can't Be Satisfied
1-9 To Love Or Not To Love
1-10 Promise
1-11 (I Cried At) Laura's Wedding
1-12 You Better Stop
1-13 Dedicate The Blues To Me
1-14 Everybody Loves Somebody
1-15 Money
1-16 Jealous Love
2-1 Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')
2-2 Unfair
2-3 Don't Spread It Around
2-4 Let Her Knock Herself Out
2-5 It's Better To Have It
2-6 People Gonna Talk
2-7 (Don't Pretend) Just Lay It On The Line
2-8 Careless Love
2-9 I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take
2-10 Keep On Pushing Your Love
2-11 Can't Buy My Love
2-12 That's What A Friend Will Do
2-13 All I Need Is Your Love
2-14 You're Gonna Be Sorry
2-15 Silly Of Me
2-16 That's Something I Can't Take

"It Ain't Good To Be Too Good" (The Great American Music Co. 2010)

1 Shed So Many Tears 2:43
2 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 3:01
3 New Kind Of Love 2:01
4 Sugar Coated Love 2:41
5 It Won't Be Long 2:30
6 I'm A Good Woman 2:21
7 Nice And Easy 1:51
8 You Left The Water Running 2:10
9 Give Him His Freedom 2:52
10 Take Your Time 2:06
11 Thanks I Get 2:25
12 Daddy Hot Stuff 2:18
13 Until I'm Free 2:05
14 Poor Old Trashman 2:35
15 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:33
16 I Warned You Baby 1:59
17 It Ain't No Good To Be Good 2:36
18 One Man Woman 2:27
19 Nice And Easy (Alternate Take) 1:59
20 I'm A Good Woman (Alternate Take) 2:23
21 Poor Old Trashman (Alternate Take) 2:38
22 You Left The Water Running (Alternate Take) 2:23

"A Good Woman The Complete Tribe & Jet Stream Singles 1966-1979" (Kent 2011)"

1 I'm A Good Woman 2:24
2 Running Back 1:48
3 You Left The Water Running 2:08
4 Until I'm Free 2:05
5 Watch The One (That Brings The Bad News) 2:02
6 Club A Go-Go 1:54
7 New Kind Of Love 2:07
8 I Don't Want A Playboy 2:04
9 (Until Then) I'll Suffer 3:02
10 Take Your Love And Run 2:43
11 You Better Quit It 2:30
12 Nice And Easy 1:50
13 Movin' On A Groove 3:16
14 Disco Music 3:32
15 Takin' His Love Away (Ain't Gonna Be Easy) 3:00
16 How You Think I Can Live With Somebody (After What I've Been Used To) 2:17
17 Take Your Time 2:07
18 Give Him His Freedom 2:50
19 Sugar Coated Love 2:42
20 I Warned You Baby 1:58
21 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:32
22 You Finally Got Your Good Thing Back 3:21
23 Call My Bluff Baby 2:13
24 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 3:02

"The Complete Atlantic Recordings" (Real Gone Music 2014)

1 This Is The Thanks I Get
2 Ring Telephone Rng
3 You'll Lose A Good Thing
4 Take Your Love And Run
5 Maybe We Can Slip Away
6 Sure Is Worth It
7 Only You Know How To Love Me
8 Until Then, I'll Suffer
9 You're Losing Me
10 Sufferin' City
11 Multiplying Pain
12 Why Can't You Love Me
13 Mix It Up Baby
14 He Ain't Gonna Do Right
15 Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody
16 People Like Me
17 Unloved, Unwanted Me
18 You're Gonna See A Lot More (Of My Loving)
19 Soul Deep
20 You Better Quit It
21 Nice And Easy
22 I'm A One Man Woman
23 You're Too Hot To Hold
24 You Make Me So Hot
25 It Ain't Good To Be Too Good

 

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