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Barbara Lynn – “What’d I Say”

Barbara Lynn – Blues Highlight

Barbara Lynn – “What’d I Say” is this week’s blues highlight! Billy Cox is on bass and next is Johnny Jones on guitar and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown jamming next to her.  She’s also a lefty that back in the day, made her pretty special. And she probably could have had some amazing jams with Hendrix since they’re both lefties.

While Lynn is in high school, she forms a band named “Bobbie Lynn And The Idols” and wins local talent shows in Beaumont, Texas.  Performing locally as an underage musician, people start to recognize her raw talent, and which is getting her noticed. Equally important is that she’s heading into an industry that is predominately male and kills it as a performer!  Check her out below on “The Beat” performing “What’d I say”.

Barbara Lynn Starting out

While working with Huey P. Meaux, aka “Crazy Cajun” who also manages SugarHill Recording Studios, she gets permission from her parents to go to New Orleans to enter the recording studio. In 1962, At Cosimo’s Studio, she records her first single You’ll Lose A Good Thing.

After the release, It becomes a big hit and peaks at #1 in US Billboard R&B chart and is at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In the same year, her first album is released and also called You’ll Lose a Good Thing. Which features ten of her original compositions.  

While her music is still fresh in people’s minds, in 1965, she records her follow up singles “You’re Gonna Need Me” and “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’)”.  After a year, Lynn signed a contract with Meaux’s Tribe label and releases “You Left The Water Running” which is later a cover by Otis Redding.

The following year, she left Tribal Label and moves to Atlantic. There, she records another album “Here Is Barbara Lynn” which includes her last hit “(Until Then) I’ll Suffer.”  After this, she takes a break from the music industry to raise her family which is during the 1970’s & 80’s.

Coming out of Retirement

Deciding that retirement isn’t for her, she returns to music in 1984. After doing a tour in Japan for the first time and releases the live album, “You Don’t Have To Go”. Later it’s issued in the US by Ichiban. After the death of her husband, Lynn returns to her hometown and is back in recording.

For the first time in 20 years Lynn releases her first studio album on Bullseye Blues label, So Good, in 1994. She follows this up with Until Then I Suffer in 1996. Lynn receives the “Pioneer Award” by the “Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.” In 2000, she cuts “Hot Night Tonight” along with her son.  While she’s out of retirement, she still performs locally.  In 2002, electronic musician Moby sampled Lynn’s “I’m A Good Woman” on his album 18.

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