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Jamie 1220

No. 8    August 11, 1962




A French-speaking Cajun, named in honor of Louisana’s Huey P. Long, Huey P. Meaufl (b. Kaplan, Louisana,

1929) proved to be one heck of a barber, wheeler-dealer, label owner and career-shaper.  Huey P. who

played drums in his daddy’s band and with the piano-punching Moon Mulligan, handled numerous swamp-

pop artists like JOE BARRY, ROD BERNARD, Freddie Fender, Roy Head, Jivin’ Gene, Doug Sahm’s Sir

Douglas Quintet  and Barbara Lynn.


Fresh out of the Army, Huey worked as a DJ, for a mite–he’d mix a little 7-Up and  bourbon, say

whatever, and play Cajun music, or dang near anything else.   He had some difficulties  keeping the job, and

his brother talked him into attending barber school.    Huey opened a barber shop in Winnie, Texas, but

continued to dabble in pop music.


“I got a tape from a  guy in Beaumont,” Meaux recalled to Goldmine’s Colin Escott.   “It had been recorded

over.   This guy wanted to sell me an act by the name of T-Baby Green.   In between the T-Baby cuts was this

girl they had recorded over.    It was knocking me o-u-t.   It was reaching at the roots of  my heart.   I just

wanted to meet that voice.   I had a guy named Big Samba recording for me [known in the deep South and

the Midwest for his regional hit “The Rains Came”].   I played him the tape and said, ‘Who’s this?’    He said,

‘That’s Barbara Lynn.   If you want her, I’ll get her.’


“So I kept cutting hair, and he came back around 6:30 with Barbara Lynn.   She was about 15 or 16 [19,

actually], I guess, and she limped a little because she had one leg longer than the other.  I said, ‘Barbara, if

you’ll pay the expenses for you and your mother, I’ll meet you in New Orleans at Cosimo’s   studio.    I’ll pay

for the musicians and the tape.’   She went for it, and we recorded ‘You’ll Lose A Good Thing.”‘


Goldmine’s  Almost Slim has reported a different version of these events.   It seems that a late-night DJ

named “Bon Ton” Garlow had a home studio for neighborhood kids to jam in.   One of these participating

youngsters was a left- handed guitar player named Barbara Lynn Ozen (b. Jan. 16, 1942, Beaumont, Tex).


Barb had been pickin’ piano since grammer school.   “I was getting tired of that,” she told Alan Govenor,

author of Meeting The Blues.   “Then I heard Elvis and decided that I wanted to do something odd,” like

being a lady guitar player.   When Meaux happened on to her, Barb was leader of an all-girl band, Bobby

Lynn & the Idols.      “We’d do a lot of Elvis tunes, like ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ and I swung my instrument and we

all wore pants.”


As Garlow told Almost   Slim:  “I made a tape of her andtook it to Huey Meaux.   Huey

listened to the tape and said, ‘She’s coming along, but I don’t think she’s strong enough yet’ .    The next time

she was playing,   I convinced Huey to come out and watch her lead a band.      I picked Huey up and

carried him to the Ten Acre Club outside of  Beaumont.   That’s when he   decided to sign Barbara Lynn.”


Take your choice.  Either  way, Meaux recorded Lynn’s  “You’re Gonna Lose A Good Thing,” which

Barbara had originally written as a simple poem when she  was jilted  at sweet 16.   Six months after the

session, studio boss Cosimo Matassa placed the  disk with Harry Finfer’s Philly-based  Jamie label.   While

Barbara did have further  local success,   and did manage to chart with a steady  stream of treats well

into the ’70s, the bluesy “Good Thing” would be her only top 40 entry.


“I got married and that slowed me down,” she told Govenor.   “After the divorce I was able to purse my

music more…”    Barbara Lynn has still got a band and still hits the hard bars in Texas, Louisana,

Oklahoma.   “I have faith, patience, and hope that things will break for me again.”


In the mid’90s, Barb signed with Bullseye Blues Records.   Huey P. made a cameo appearance in David

Byrne’s flick  True Story (1986), testifing to the staying power of one self­ named “Crazy Cajun.II”.