Blues Birthday: Barbara Lynn | January 16, 2013
Barbara Lynn does it left-handed.
photo credit J. Fraher
Barbara Lynn 1942
“The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” from Beaumont, Texas was only 18 years old when her song “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” bumped Ray Charles‘ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” off the No. 1 spot on the charts and sold a million records.
She toured with the legends of R&B, including Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Al Green, Carla Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner and the Temptations.
Taking time out to raise a family put her music on the back burner for a while, but in 1999 the Rhythm and Blues Foundation presented her with their Pioneer Award, and that sparked more touring and recording. Barbara Lynn is still performing, her next gig is at a “guitar geek” festival in Anaheim, CA on January 25.
“The singing never left me. That’s all I ever wanted to be. I just love to entertain — I don’t care if it’s for an audience of one.”