After 7" releases on Soul7 and Cultures of soul - Light in the attic steps up and represses her 1968 album produced by Huey P. Meaux and originally released on Atlantic Records. Check!To be a woman singing your own blues and soul songs in 1960s Texas was a rare thing. To do so while brandishing a left-handed Stratocaster and bashing out hard-edged licks was even rarer. Yet thatï¿½s just what Barbara Lynn did, inspired by Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. And it was a hit: her 1962 debut single, ï¿½Youï¿½ll Lose A Good Thing,ï¿½ recorded with session musicians including Dr. John, gave her an R&B chart Number One and a Billboard chart Top 10 hit.
It was a path that Lynn chose at elementary school in 1940s Beaumont, Texas, when she told her mother she wanted to play guitar. ï¿½I decided that playing piano was a little bit too common, you know what I mean?ï¿½ says Lynn in the new liner notes. ï¿½Youï¿½d always see a lady or a little girl sitting at a piano. I decided I wanted to play something more unexpected, so thatï¿½s when I got interested in learning to play the guitar.ï¿½ Self-taught, first on the ukulele and then on a guitar, Lynn formed her first group, Barbara Lynn and Her Idols, while still at school and soon took the local scene by storm. Hers was a powerful talent in a petite package, a performer who could stand up against the bestï¿½even as a teenager.
Spotted while performing, underage, in Louisiana, she was offered the chance to record her own material, songs that filtered the experience of being a black Texan teen with power, feel, and guts. Ten of the twelve tracks on her debut album were her own compositions. ï¿½It took a lot of time,ï¿½ Lynn remembers of the recording process, ï¿½but we got ï¿½Good Thing,ï¿½ we got our hit. I loved it. I loved meeting the new musicians; a lot of the guys who played on that record became friends. And seeing how the engineers worked and how they produced the sounds, all of that was really interesting to me.ï¿½
The success of that single took Lynn out on the road with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, BB King, Supremes, Chuck Berry, Guitar Slim, and The Temptations. BB King even wrote a letter to Lynnï¿½s mother to tell her what a talented daughter sheï¿½d raised. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, she was twice on American Bandstand, and one of her songs, ï¿½Oh Baby (Weï¿½ve Got A Good Thing Goinï¿½)ï¿½ was covered by The Rolling Stones.
The record was conceived as an introduction of Lynnï¿½s prodigious talents, her deeply felt guitar playing, her gutsy soulful singing skills, and her songwriting prowess. It collected her early hit and a raft of new songs, each packed with Lynnï¿½s passion and fire. Yet the introduction to her worldï¿½now reissued by Light In The Atticï¿½largely proved to be her swansong. She married in 1970, aged 28, had three children, and largely retired from the music industry for most of the ï¿½70s and ï¿½80s. Now touring again, sheï¿½s amused to think of her 46 year-old album gaining new fans. ï¿½I hear this album, and it seems likeï¿½ it seems like the old times to me,ï¿½ she says. "I donï¿½t know, itï¿½s strange to know itï¿½s coming out again. It is going to be a wild, first time thing for me, like going back in time. But Iï¿½m excited to see what happens.ï¿½