Barbara Lynn was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942. She played piano as a child but switched to guitar and put together an all-girl band called Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols. Her first single, "You'll Lose a Good Thing," was the number one Billboard R&B hit in 1962 (bumping "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles from number one) and was later a country top ten hit for Freddy Fender.
Not only was Barbara Lynn a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed--quite well at that--and even wrote some of her own material. I can't stop watching her videos, so here's one more, my favorite, "What'd I Say."
Barbara Lynn's music career continues now. Visit her MySpace page to listen to some more recent songs. Wow!
I don't know about you, but this music transports me. Let it take you where it wants, and share with us your journey! Can't wait to read what you write.