Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Linda Scott

Artist:Linda Scott
Song:I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
Album:The Complete Hits Of Linda Scott

Teen pop singer Linda Scott had her biggest hit in 1961 with I've Told Ev'ry Little Star. She had a total of twelve charted songs in the early 60s. She was born Linda Joy Sampson June 1, 1945 in Queen's, NY and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. While still in high school, she became a regular on Arthur Godfrey's CBS radio show and released the single In-Between Teen on Epic Records as Linda Sampson. In 1961, she signed with Canadian-American Records who had just had their first big hit with Santo & Johnny's Sleepwalk. Despite the label name, the company was based in New York and owned by Leonard Zimmer. Linda's name was changed to Linda Scott and I've Told Ev'ry Little Star was the first single. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record was produced by Bill Buster who also worked with Tommy Edwards and The Paris Sisters. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1932 play Music In The Air. The 1934 film version starred Gloria Swanson. The song has been widely covered but Linda had the most success with the song. You probably heard the record in David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive. The same year Linda had hits with I Don't Know Why and Don't Bet Money, Honey. She wrote that last one. She also appeared in the Chubby Checker film Don't Knock The Twist. By 1964 Linda had faded and moved to Kapp Records. She didn't have much success there but did co-host the TV show Where The Action Is. You can get all her Canadian-American recordings on this comp from the oldies label Eric Records. You'll notice a lot of the songs have the word "star" in them. That's a little too cute for me. Linda recorded for RCA and then released some singles in the UK. She also worked as a backup singer most notably for Lou Christie. She quit music in the early 70s to study theology and taught music at the Christian Academy in New York. Here's a video for I've Told Ev'ry Little Star by Linda Scott.

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