You'll Lose a Good Thing

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"You'll Lose a Good Thing"
Single by Freddy Fender
from the album Rock 'N' Country
Released January 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre country
Length 2:53
Label ABC-Dot Records
Writer(s) Huey P Meaux and Barbara Lynn Ozen
Producer(s) Huey P Meaux
Freddy Fender singles chronology
"Secret Love"
"You'll Lose a Good Thing"
"Vaya con Dios"

"You'll Lose a Good Thing" is a popular song written by rhythm and blues artist Barbara Lynn Ozen, who, performing as Barbara Lynn, scored a 1962 Top 10 hit, and also the number 1 spot on the R&B charts,[1] with her bluesy rendition of the song.[2]

Freddy Fender retained those bluesy, soulful elements when he recorded a country version of the song in 1975. In April 1976, the song became his fourth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

The song was also recorded by Aretha Franklin and released on her Runnin' Out of Fools album in 1964. [3] [4]

McAlmont and Butler also covered the song and it features on their 1995 album The Sound of McAlmont and Butler.

Barbara Lynn's recording is featured in the film Hairspray.

Chart performance[edit]

Freddy Fender[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 32
Preceded by
"I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
(Barbara Lynn version)

August 4, 1962 – August 18, 1962
Succeeded by
"The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva
Preceded by
"'Til the Rivers All Run Dry"
by Don Williams
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Freddy Fender version)

April 3, 1976
Succeeded by
"'Til I Can Make it On My Own"
by Tammy Wynette


See also[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004", 2004 .
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2006.
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006," 2007.