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]

David McAlmont and Bernard Butler also covered the song and it features of their 1995 album "The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler".

Barbara Lynn's recording 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.