Barbara Lynn by JOtwell (click to buy prints)

From The Desk… Something in the Way They Play: Legendary Female Guitarists Part 6

Barbara Lynn by JOtwell (click to buy prints)
Barbara Lynn by JOtwell (click to buy prints)

Continued from: http://wp.me/p2W71Q-jS

A woman whose contributions are easier to pinpoint is Barbara Lynn, a leftie out of Beaumont, Texas, who emerged in the early ‘60s with the much-covered You’ll Lose A Good Thing, a huge hit across the board, recorded in New Orleans with Huey P. Meaux.  She was the entire package: a prolific songwriter and singer and a formidable lead guitarist who favored a white Fender Esquire.  She took a long maternal leave through most of the ‘70s and re-emerged to great critical acclaim in the ‘80s, especially in Japan, where she recorded a live album in 1984.  After her husband’s passing she resumed her recording career and earned a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.  Her compositions have been covered by Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and even Moby, to name just a few.

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